ELIMINATION ROUNDS HIT THE WATER ON DAY TWO OF THE 2018 AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR SURFING TITLES
The first elimination rounds headlined day two at the Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles in 4-6ft surf at Middleton Bay today.
In the Under 18 Boys knock out round, Victorian Xavier Huxtable and West Australian Lachie Mitchell-D'Raine stood out in the solid conditions to move through to the quarter finals.
Huxtable used superior wave selection to post the highest heat total of the round with 14.85 points (out of a possible 20 points), racking up an 8.5 point single wave score after linking up the outside bank all the way through to the sand, delivering a handful of well-timed turns in the pocket.
WA's Solomon Pogue-Englert and Geroge Simpson were standout's in the Under 16 Boys requalification round, also progressing through to the quarter finals.
While in the Under 18 Girls requalification round it was Queensland’s Piper Harrison and Western Australia’s April McPherson who impressed the judges with 11.25 and 10.80 point heat totals respectively.
Carly Shanahan well and truly put herself back in the minds of her fellow competitors after posting a round high heat total of 14.75 points (out of a possible 20 points) in the Under 16 Girls requalification round.
School Sports Australia Allstars and MR Shield divisions also hit the water on day two with Under 16 Girls Allstars, Under 19 MR Shield and Under 16 MR Shield boys and girls round one completed. Victoria top scored in round one of the Under 19 Allstars boys division while Queensland took top honours in the girls Under 19 Allstars.
For full results, images and video highlights go to www.australianjuniorsurfingtitles.com
With a joint National Titles encompassing Individual (Under 14, 16 and 18 age groups) and Australian School Surfing Association (Allstars and MR Shield) disciplines in both boys and girl’s divisions, the event is considered the benchmark of junior surfing in the country.
With past winners including World Champions Steph Gilmore, Chelsea Hedges, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Mark Richards, Tom Carroll and Damian Hardman, a win in this year’s event is a legitimate stepping stone to world stage glory.
The 2018 Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles are proudly supported by City of Victor Harbor, Woolworths, 2XP Sunscreen, Hydralyte Sports, Air Asia, Hyundai, Hurley, School Sport Australia, Sport Australia, Surfing South Australia, School Sport South Australia, Surfing Australia and mySURFtv.