Candelaria Resano was in outstanding form ©ISA Surf

The future of surfing looks bright, with competitors at the VISSLA International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championship putting on an outstanding display at Huntington Beach, California.

A total of 342 surfers are competing at the event, crowning the top junior surfers in under-16 and under-18 categories.

ISA scholarship ambassadors came to the fore, including Nicaragua's Candelaria Resano, who made it through her girls u-16 Main Event heat.

"I was happy to know that the ISA is looking out for young surfers around the world, not just for surfing, but education as well," Resano said.

"It's important to know how to balance out surfing and school because they are both equally as important."

Conditions at Huntington Beach Pier were good, with increased swell and offshore winds, and the French surfers took advantage.

In the boys' competition, Kyllian Guerin topped the u-16 standings with an event-high heat total of 15.97, while Tiago Carrique scored 15.17 in the u-18s.

On the girls' side, Japan's Kana Nakashio registered a top score in the u-16s of 15.83.

American Sawyer Lindblad became the first surfer to crack the nine-point mark for a single wave, scoring a left-hander worth 9.07 points.

Japan's Kana Nakashio shone in the u-16s ©ISA Surf
Japan's Kana Nakashio shone in the u-16s ©ISA Surf

"Huntington Beach flipped the script today and produced excellent waves for the world's best junior surfers," ISA President Fernando Aguerre said.

"Today the u-18 and u-16 girls moved over onto the broadcasted north podium and showed their world-class talent to a global audience. 

"The girls even managed to earn the highest wave scores of the day."

Each nation can field a team of up to 12 competitors, consisting of three under-18 men's and women's athletes.

Three under-16 surfers can also be named for both genders.

Surfers compete individually, but will also earn points which add to the overall team total.

Competition takes place until next Sunday (November 3).