Vahine Fierro of French Polynesia winning Quarterfinal 1 at the Jeep World Junior Championship at Kiama.
Vahine Fierro is the new WSL World Junior Champion after taking out eat Jeep World Junior Championship in Kiama NSW today. The final day saw 28 heats run and history made with bumpy 3-to-4 foot waves on offer at Bombo Beach.

Vahine Fierro had a rocky road to the final that started in the middle of this season when she missed out on qualification by a mere three spots. But after showing amazing surfing in other regional events, the she was awarded a wildcard into the WJC and didn’t let the opportunity go to waste!

Vahine saved her best performance until the final where she met good friend Summer Macedo and took a commanding lead early with a 12.83 heat total.

Vahine is the first ever WSL World Champion to come from Tahiti.

This is such an amazing way to end my Junior career and kick off my 2018 season. This is the first time I have been to the World Junior Championship and to win is so special, especially when I was so close to missing out on the event. Today was crazy with a lot of heats to surf but after a few lay days we were all so excited to surf which made it easier. That was my third final with Summer which is so cool as we are great friends. I’m really speechless at the moment, I just can’t believe it.”

Vahine Fierro new World Junior Champ! Pic: Dunbar/WSL