2017 WOOLWORTHS NSW STATE JUNIOR SURFING TITLES CLOSE IN ON TOMORROW'S FINALS.
The 2017 Woolworths NSW State Junior Surfing Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth saw a day of triumphant victories, high scores and giant upsets as the event edged towards the final day of competition.
After a decent performance at the recent Occy Grom Comp at Duranbah, Carly Shanahan (Wooli) continued to showcase her powerful repertoire of turns in the Under-16 Girls quarterfinals. Shanahan unloaded a flurry of giant forehand snaps in the woman-on-woman heat, notching up a near perfect 9.5 – the highest single wave score of the event so far – to claim the heat ahead of Mackenzie Davidson (Shelly Beach). Shanahan will face Charli Hurst (Port Kembla) in the semi-finals tomorrow.
George Pittar (Manly) continued to build on the momentum he showed in earlier rounds posting an impressive 16.5 two-wave heat total. Pittar showed seamless flow through his turns as he went toe-to-toe and blow-for-blow with fellow event standout Ethan Stocks (Coffs Harbour) who claimed the runner up position with a 16.13 heat total. Both surfers will feature in the man-on-man quarterfinals tomorrow.
Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon), Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads), Sophia Chapman (Narrabeen) and Tru Starling (Narrabeen) all claimed wins in their respective round three heats to cement a spot into the quarterfinals. All four winners will face off with the round three runner-ups in the two-woman quarterfinals when the event resumes tomorrow.
Taj Watson (Coffs Harbour), Kurtis Vaughan (Bateau Bay), Jay Brown (Cronulla) and Max McGuigan (Maroubra) all put on impressive performances in the Under-18 Boys quarterfinals to earn a spot into the semi-finals. All four surfers will meet tomorrow and battle for the top two spots going into the final.
The prestigious seven-day event will run from Friday 14th – Thursday 20th July, 2017 and determine the qualifiers for the Havaianas NSW Junior Team for the 2017 Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Titles.
All qualifiers for the Woolworths NSW State Junior Surfing Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth were determined by eight individual regional titles, which took place up and down the NSW coastline earlier in 2017.
Former competitors in the Woolworths NSW State Junior Surfing Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth include current World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) surfers Owen and Tyler Wright, Matt Banting, Stuart Kennedy, Sally Fitzgibbons, Laura Enever, Ryan Callinan and Connor O'Leary.
The last two days of the event will comprise of the NSW School Surfing Titles.
2017 will be the seventh year Surfing NSW will combine the NSW School Surfing Titles into the event.
The event will be fully mobile in the Port Macquarie area with Town Beach, Flynns Beach, Light House Beach, Rainbow Beach (Bonny Hills) and North Haven Beach all venue options.
The daily schedule and location will be confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am each day. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
Future Australian surfing champions will receive further help to ride the wave to success, with Woolworths expanding its commitment to the sport to include Surfing Australia’s six affiliated State branches Woolworths State Junior Surfing Titles, with 18 events to be run nationally across 6 States in 2017/18.
At each event, Woolworths will connect its store teams with the sport and celebrate the next generation of champions in local communities in each state.
The Woolworths NSW State Junior Surfing Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth is proudly supported by Woolworths, Ocean and Earth, HIF, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Big4 Bonny Hills Holiday Park, NBN, Toyota, Mothernest, Havaianas, Ohana Ocean Athletics and Surfing NSW.