Isabella Nichols takes out junior world surfing championship

SUNSHINE Coast surfer Isabella Nichols is officially the best young woman surfer in the world after taking out the 2016 Ericeira World Junior Championships in Portugal.

Ms Nichols defeated defending world champion Mahina Maeda in three-to-four foot waves with a two-wave heat total of 18.30 points, Surfer Today has reported.

On her Instagram page, Ms Nichols was ecstatic about her win.

"I seriously cannot believe this just happened.... World junior champion," she posted.

One more lay day for the girls, end of competition coming up tomorrow! @wsl 📷

A photo posted by Isabella Nichols (@isabella_nichols) on

"There's so so so many people who've helped me get here, to thank a few, thanks to the parents for always believing in me and for all their support, @kurtyjay and @justtimjust for pushing me to be the best I can be, all my friends for staying up late at night to watch my heats and all my sponsors for all their help!"

Lucas Silveira took out the men's division in the competition.

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