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Taro Watanabe, 15, of Malibu, rides a wave during the 2017 Vissla International Surfing Association’s World Junior Surfing Championship in Hyuga, Japan. Photo by Ben Reed/ISA
Taro Watanabe walks out on Okuragahama beach in Hyuga, Japan, before a heat for the 2017 Vissla International Surfing Association’s World Junior Surfing Championship. Watanabe won an individual silver medal and a gold medal with Team USA. Ben Reed/ISA
Malibu resident Taro Watanabe competes in Hyuga, Japan, for Team USA. Sean Evans/ISA
Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor
11:57 am PDT October 10, 2017

Surfing was already an addiction for Taro Watanabe.

Now, after a recent introduction to the international surfing circuit, Watanabe’s passion for the sport has reached a new level.

The 15-year-old Malibu resident recently returned from the 2017 Vissla International Surfing Association’s World Junior Surfing Championship in Hyuga, Japan. The competition was held over a period of nine days, from Sept. 23-Oct. 1, and each surfer competed in six different heats.