Germany's Lenni Jensen is flying the flag for emerging nations ©ISA

Emerging nations are making their mark at the VISSLA International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championship, as the competition hits the halfway point at Huntington Beach, California. 

Team Germany's Lenni Jensen is a prime example of the global growth and development of the sport. 

Jensen may be from a landlocked country, but he is making a name for himself in the boys u-18 category, advancing to round four. 

"Today the conditions are amazing," Jensen said.

"I've never seen Huntingon Beach this good - it would mean everything to win a gold medal in this event.

"Representing my country is the best feeling in the world."

In the same event, South Africa's Eli Beukes came through with a top performance of 16.33 points.

In the boys u-16s, Team Australia's Joel Vaughan enjoyed the offshore conditions, scoring the highest heat total so far, with 16.87.

Candelaria Resano appears to be in unstoppable form ©ISA
Candelaria Resano appears to be in unstoppable form ©ISA

The girls' competition is hotting up, with Canada's Mathea Olin passing her u-18 heat to continue in the event.

Olin, a bronze medallist in longboard at the Pan American Games in Lima, is certainly feeling inspired.

"Having Team Canada here in Huntinton Beach definitely plays a huge role in inspiring other surfers back in Canada," Olin said.

"With lots of people back home watching and young surfers wanting to come and compete internationally, it’s been amazing.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the next generation start competing in this event."

Hawaii's Gabriela Bryan continued to dominate the girls u-18 division, with the highest heat total of the day of 14.27.

Nicaragua's 13-year-old sensation Candelaria Resano outperformed the field in the girls u-16s, with a division-high total of 14 points.

"The ISA is truly the United Nations of Surfing," ISA President Fernando Aguerre said.

"We have 44 nations here with surfers of all races, cultures, and social classes.

"We all know that countries like Australia, Brazil, France and US produce great surfers, but here we have seen landlocked countries holding their own against the more established surfers."

Competition takes place until Sunday (November 3).