Round 2 of the Woolworths Victorian Junior Titles kicks off in clean conditions at Gunnamatta Ocean Beach

Gunnamatta Beach, VIC/AUS (Saturday 11th February, 2018): Round 2 of the 2018 Woolworths Victorian Junior Surfing Titles has begun in impeccable glassy 3 feet (1 metre) surf at 2nd car-park Gunnamatta Ocean Beach. 

U/18 Boys and the U/16 Boys ran through the first round, whilst Round 1 and the Semi Finals were run in the U/14 Girls and Round 1 and the Quarterfinals were run in the U/14 Boys. 

Opening the day was the U/18 Boys in which Jack Kay (Jan Juc), with a threatening a 17.40 heat total (out of a possible 20). In doing this Kay had his fellow competitors in a combination situation.  

"I'm stoked to be progressing to the quarters in such fun waves". Kay said.

"Hopefully the waves stay similar as this morning for finals day!". 

Other male standouts on the day were Cole Fox (Jan Juc), Codie Jeffrey (Newhaven), Taj Sleeman (Cape Paterson) and Willis Droomer (Jan Juc).

With the U/14 Girls the only female division to surf on opening day, Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads), seemed at ease, smashing home a comfortable victory over her fellow competitors in both her first round and semi final.

Harrison's first heat total of 17.00 and semi final score 17.43 were the two highest of the female division for the day. 

"The waves were really fun out there! It wasn't too tricky. Harrison said. 

"I'm stoked to be in the final. Hopefully I can get another good result". 

Mia Huppatz (Jan Juc) and Sarsha Pancic (Rye) also enjoyed success in their opening heats with considerable heat totals in the afternoon seabreeze. 

Competition will resume at 7.30am Sunday at Gunnamatta Ocean Beach.

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.

All heat draws and schedules will also be available at surfingvic.com. 

The Woolworths Victorian Junior Surfing Titles is presented by Woolworths Australia and supported by Coastalwatch PLUS, Surfing World Magazine, Cancer Council Sunscreen, HIF Australia and Surfing Victoria.

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