GIRLS DIVISIONS GET UNDERWAY ON DAY TWO OF THE WOOLWORTHS NSW STATE JUNIOR SURFING TITLES.
A decline in swell saw competitors in the 2017 Woolworths NSW State Junior Surfing Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth facing a day of challenging conditions as the first round of women’s divisions got underway.
The drop in swell size didn’t hinder north coast natural-footer Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head) as she proceeded to nail an array of sections that came her way. Ryan performed a handful of textbook power-turns in her opening Under-16 Girls exchange to post a 17.06 two-wave heat total (out of a possible 20 points) and bypass the second chance repechage rounds.
Sophia Chapman (Narrabeen), Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon), Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads), Chelsea Green (Taree) and Zoe Ifield (North Entrance) all made a solid impression on the first round of the Under-18 Girls with all surfers locking in a handful of decent scores to claim respective heat wins. All five surfers will move straight through to the third round of competition.
Desperate to seal a position back into the main round, Jamie Thomson (Narrabeen) went hell-for-leather in the Under-16 Boys repechage rounds, posting a near-perfect 9.00 ride. Thomson seamlessly linked a chain of giant forehand snaps to post the aforementioned score and edge one spot close to the main draw.
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.