Taj Sleeman and Lannia Fostin crowned State Champions at Woolworths Victorian Junior Titles

Jan Juc, VIC/AUS  (Sunday 6th May, 2018): The final round of the Victorian Junior Titles presented by Woolworths has been run and won today, with clean 3-4ft conditions at Jan Juc beach crowning 6 new state champions across the all divisions. The level was at an unbelievable standard as surfers put forward their best efforts to end the 2018 Victorian events on a good note.

The premier U18 Boys division saw Taj Sleeman (Cape Paterson) come away with a strong win in the perfect Jan Juc conditions. After taking out Round 1 at Gunnamatta, Sleeman takes out back to back U18 Boys title in as many years. In his last Victorian Junior event, Sleeman was on fire posting a 8.67 point ride  slashing his way through the Jan Juc walls.

"Super stoked to take the win and get a second state title in a row. The boys were ripping and it was great to surf some pumping waves".

"Seeing this is my last junior year, I'm very excited to get the win in my last competition and leave the juniors with a win".

"This will be my second year at Aussies (Australian Titles)  and hopefully I can get a good result in South Australia". 

Coming in second was Chad Garrett (Cape Woolamai) with Jackson Kay (Jan Juc) and Cooper Downes (Jan Juc) coming in third and fourth.

In the U18 Girls division Lannia Fostin (Cape Woolamai)  was far too strong for her fellow competitors. By putting up a 7.00 ride in the final, Fostin left her fellow competitors begging as he took a strangle-hold of the final.

“I'm stoked to take out the state title and win it in my last year".

"This will be my third time at Aussies (Australian Titles) so I am super excited to represent the Victorian team. I hope we can get some good waves and I can continue the good form". 

Coming in second was Bella Wilson (Jan Juc) with Angela Ball (Jan Juc) and Daisy Corbett (Cape Woolamai) finishing third and fourth respectively. 

The U14 Boys division was won by Willis Droomer (Jan Juc) who reigned supreme in the perfect conditions. Coming in second was Jack Bassett (Barwon Heads) with Patrick Hughes (Jan Juc) in third and Malachi White (Jan Juc) in fourth. 

However the winner of the U14 division over all the events was Patrick Hughes (Jan Juc) who was able to just get the better of Droomer who came in runner up shortly behind in the state title race.

The U14 Girls division, saw two in form surfers in Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads) and Mia Huppatz (Jan Juc) take to water for state bragging rights. Both Huppatz and Harrison lit the world on fire in their semi finals putting up excellent scores in the process. However in the final Harrison proved far too good for Huppatz putting up 2 high scores to put her into second position. In 3rd was Cielle Bouvier (Jan Juc)  and 4th, Emily Mcgettigan (Jan Juc)

Harrison’s win crowned her as state champion of her division after winning all three events in the series. Coming in runner up was Mia Huppatz. 

With Codie Jeffrey (Newhaven) already having the state championship sown up before the contest, the Under 16 Boys still remained a hotly contested division from the start of the competition period with high scores being posted all across the board in every heat. However, Zeph Lamperd  (Barwon Heads) with a last gasp wave ( 8.17 point ride) was able to get the nod over Bohdie Williams (Ocean Grove) who finished second whilst Ethan Huxtable (Jan Juc) finished in third followed by Cody Major (Bellbrae) who finished in fourth gallantly. 

Codie Jeffrey (Newhaven) took out the state title, with Lamperd's strong performance elevating him into the runner up position in the state title results. 

"I'm stoked to take the win here at Jan Juc and get runner up in the state title". 

"Thanks to all the competitors who all surfed really well". 

The U16 Girls division hit the water for the first time on Sunday afternoon for their straight final and it didn’t disappoint. The final was as a ripper from start to finish with all surfers getting their fair share of opportunity. But it was Poppy Corbett (Phillip Island ) who was victorious as she left the field in her midst.

Coming in second was Jazz Wylie (Jan Juc), followed by Lucy Naylor (Point Lonsdale), Sage Goldsbury (Cape Woolamai) and Minnie Vorrath (Point Lonsdale)  who rounded out third,fourth and fifth respectively. 

With her win at Jan Juc, Corbett took out the state title as Goldsbury finished runner up.

The Air Asia wave of the day went to  Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads) for her 9.27 point ride. She will now go into the draw to win a trip to Asia. 


Full Results: 

U18 Boys: 
1st: Taj Sleeman
2nd: Chad Garrett
3rd: Jackson Kay
4th: Cooper Downes

U18 Girls:
1st: Lannia Fostin
2nd: Bella Wilson
3rd: Angela Ball
4th: Daisy Corbett

U16 Boys: 
1st: Zeph Lamperd 
2nd: Bohdie Williams
3rd: Ethan Huxtable
4th:Cody Major

U16 Girls: 
1st: Poppy Corbett 
2nd: Jazz Wylie
3rd: Lucy Naylor 
4th: Sage Goldsbury
5th: Minnie Vorrath

U14 Boys: 
1st: Willis Droomer
2nd: Jack Bassett
3rd: Patrick Hughes
4th: Malachi White

U14 Girls: 
1st: Ellie Harrison
2nd: Mia Huppatz
3rd: Cielle Bouvier
4th: Emily Mcgettigan

State Title Results:

U18 Boys: 
Winner: Taj Sleeman
Runner Up: Chad Garrett

U18 GIrls: 
Winner: Lannia Fostin
Runner Up: Bella Wilson

U16 Boys: 
Winner: Codie Jeffrey
Runner Up: Zeph Lamperd

U16 Girls:
Winner: Poppy Corbett
Runner Up: Sage Goldsbury

U14 Boys:
Winner: Patrick Hughes
Runner Up : Willis Droomer

U14 Girls:
Winner: Ellie Harrison
Runner Up: Mia Huppatz

Results and Live Scores can be viewed at www.liveheats.com/surfingvictoria

About the Woolworths Victorian Junior Surfing Titles:
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 Victorian Junior Surfing Titles is presented by Woolworths Australia and supported by Coastalwatch PLUS, Surfing World Magazine, Air Asia, Cancer Council Sunscreen, HIF Australia and Surfing Victoria.