ALISTER REGINATO AND KEALA TOMODA-BANNERT TAKE OUT THE KEY SUN ZINKE SYDNEY PRO JUNIOR AT MANLY.
Alister Reginato (Sunshine Coast, Qld) and Keala Tomoda-Bannert (Hawaii) have taken out the 2019 Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior following an exciting day of surfing in throaty three-to-four foot beachbreak conditions in Manly.
Alister Reginato (Sunshine Coast, Qld) put the icing on the cake on what has been a stellar beginning to 2019, taking out the Boys division. Reginato surfed well beyond his years in the stacked final posting two excellent scores to amass a mammoth 17.35 two-wave heat total. Having only just started doing Pro Juniors two years back – and finishing runner up in his maiden appearance – this result will now firmly cement Reginato’s position in the top three of the Australia / Oceania WSL Men’s Junior Tour Rankings.
“I’m so stoked to have won this, it’s my first win in quite a while,” said Reginato. “This result gives me a heap of confidence as I head into a really busy year of QS events and Pro Juniors. Hopefully, I can get a couple more results over the next run of events and finish strong.”
After years of wowing the world with his exciting freesurfing, Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW) locked in one of the best results of his junior life, taking the runner-up spot. Walters linked together a chain of innovative carves, wafts and snaps to shoot past Lennox Chell (Avoca, NSW) and Kyllian Guerin (France) and nab the runner-up position with a decent 15.60 two-wave heat total.
“The waves really turned on in that final which I think allowed everyone to do some pretty awesome surfing,” said Walters. “I was pretty happy with the way I surfed in this event, so hopefully I can keep the roll going into the next few junior competitions and QS events.”
International competitor Keala Tomoda-Bannert (Hawaii) came into the Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior wanting to build confidence and momentum for the upcoming Sydney Surf Pro pres. by Sisstrevolution WSL QS6000 rated event. Tomoda-Bannert was one of the most consistent performers over the duration of the event, regularly posting scores in the excellent range, especially in the final where she finished the heat with a solid 15.40 two-wave total.
“I haven’t been doing too well in the QS events in Australia, so to take a win in the Pro Junior definitely feels good,” said Tomoda-Bannert. “All the girls in the final have been ripping over the course of the event, so to get a win over them is a great confidence boost. The waves were really fun for that heat, so hopefully they continue through the QS event.”
Northern Beaches native Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW) claimed the best result of her junior career, finishing in second position. The natural-footer performed an eclectic mix of turns and snaps to put on a valiant fight which she maintained until the dying moments of the final, however when the final hooter sounded Leigh-Jones had to settle for the runner-up position with a 13.70 two-wave total.
“It’s great to be in the final with all those girls, as they all surf so well,” said Leigh-Jones. “I feel like I’ve been getting through heats, but I haven’t been surfing as well as I could, so it was good to get a final with really good waves and put on a performance I was proud of.”
Queenscliff Boardriders Club and North Steyne Boardriders took one win apiece across the Rad Season Boardrider Club Trials, with Alysse Cooper (QBC) taking out the women’s division convincingly, while George Pittar (North Steyne) fought a tight battle with Sam Page (QBC), Blake Levett (North Steyne) and Gerard McCallum (QBC) to earn the Men’s wildcard.
North Narrabeen Sports High claimed a clean-sweep of victories across the Boys and Girls divisions of the Lifeline High School Challenge. Both divisions posted a series of giant scores in the 45-minute tag-team heats to claim the wins convincingly.
All results can be seen below.
The 2019 Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior served as the opener to the 2019 Vissla Sydney Surf Pro.
The World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 rated events will feature some of the world’s best surfers as they look to kick their 2019 competitive campaigns into gear prior to the start of the 2019 Championship Tour (CT).
The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro is a collaboration between World Surf League and Surfing NSW to run Sydney’s largest surfing event at the iconic Manly Beach.
For more information and 2018 highlights, check out sydneysurfpro.com. The live broadcast will be available on worldsurfleague.com
The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro is proudly supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. The event is also proudly supported by Vissla, Sisstrevolution, Northern Beaches Council, Hotel Steyne, WSL, KeySun Zinke and Surfing NSW.
2019 Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior
1 – Alister Reginato (Sunshine Coast, Qld)
2 – Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW)
3 – Lennox Chell (Avoca, NSW)
4 – Kyllian Guerin (France)
1 – Keala Tomoda-Bannert (Hawaii)
2 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW)
3 – Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW)
4 – Gabriela Bryan (Hawaii)
Rad Season local Boardrider Club Trials
Village Chiropractic local Men’s Boardrider Club Trials
1 – George Pittar (North Steyne)
2 – Sam Page (Queenscliff)
3 – Blake Levett (North Steyne)
4 – Gerard McCallum (Queenscliff)
Belgrave Cartel local Women’s Boardrider Club Trials
1 – Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff)
2 – Fran May (Queenscliff)
3 – Hunter Kelleher (North Steyne)
4 – Bella Wilton (North Steyne)
Lifeline High School Challenge
1 – Narrabeen Sports High
2 – Balgowlah
3 – Freshwater
4 – Pittwater House
1 – Narrabeen Sports High
2 – Freshwater
3 – Queenwood
4 – Pymble