Under-16 national champion Che Allan surfed his way into the finals of the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Junior Pro in Cocoa Beach, Florida over the weekend.
Allan finished with an outstanding fourth position out of a field of 48 top juniors from USA, Hawaii, Brazil and the Caribbean. This result has catapulted him to a ranking of No. 5 in the North American region of the World Surf League.
Allan worked his way through the qualifying rounds with some of the highest heat scores of the contest. In the quarterfinals, he scored the highest wave score (6.53) and backed it up with a good second wave to finish second behind Mikey Clarke (USA) , knocking top seeded Nolan Rapoza (USA) out of the contest.
In the semifinal he turned the cards on Mikey Clarke knocking him into third and finishing second behind eventual contest champion Kei Kobayashi.
“ I am super stoked to make my first WSL final –– It’s a good way to start my year,” Allan said after his excellent showing.
Allan returns to Florida in early April to defend his National Scholastic Surfing Association Regional Championship title, which he won in 2015. He will then be travelling to Mexico in June for the next WSL Junior Pro event.