Costa Rica Surfing – Leilani McGonagle, Costa Rican surfer, age 17, takes home the silver medal at the U-18 World Surfing Junior Championship 2017 in Hyuga, Japan.
Still, the Tica, native of Pavones, Golfito, scored 14.17 points, a truly remarkable feat. Summer Macedo came in third with 12.53.
In addition to her win, the Tico Tag Team final resulted in a copper win. It’s the second year in a row the team returns home with a medal. The coach of the National Team called it “a well-deserved result.”
This was McGonagle’s sixth time at an International Surfing Association World Championship.
She won three silvers, two bronzes and a copper (fourth place).
Her first prize was in 2014 with a silver in Sub-18 and copper in Sub-16 in Ecuador. Other places she’s traveled to compete include Nicaragua, Portugal and France.