Harley Walters (Angourie) and Rosie Smart (Sawtell) have taken out the Under-16 NSW Junior State Titles at Coffs Harbour in dreamy three-foot surf at Sawtell Beach.
Harley Walters (Angourie) campaign through the Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth hit its peak in the final with the goofy-footer shining in the righthanders at Sawtell. The talented goofy-footer (and brother of 2019 Australian Pro Junior Champion Dakoda Walters) showed similar skills as he posted a near-perfect 9.23 wave score early in the heat which ultimately allowed him to gain the upper-hand in the final. Runner-up Winter Vincent also shone in the final, posting a respectable 14.33 two-wave heat total, but was unable to find the necessary 9.14 score needed to take the lead off Walters.
Local competitor Rosie Smart (Sawtell) claimed the title on home soil, surfing a solid heat over the course of her finals campaign. Smart gained the upper hand in the heat thanks to a near-perfect 9.00 wave score that allowed her to gain the edge on her closest rivals and take the win. Holly Wishart (Werri) will be heading home with her head held high after finishing in the runner-up position. Wishart put on a valiant performance but was unable to find the 8.51 wave score needed to snatch away Smart’s lead.
All finals results can be seen below.
The finals of the Under-18 Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth will wrap up tomorrow.
The Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth will see its first champions crowned tomorrow with the Under-16 division expected to wrap up tomorrow.
See all event results here.
The event will see some of NSW’s best junior surfers competing for a coveted state title when the event kicks off from the 5th – 12th August 2020.
Unlike previous years, where all qualifiers for the Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth were determined by eight individual regional titles, the 2020 event will invite all junior competitors to enter in their respective age divisions.
The last two days of the event will comprise of the NSW School Surfing Titles.
2019 will be the ninth year Surfing NSW will combine the NSW School Surfing Titles into the event.
Competitors will be vying for an NSW Junior Title and in turn, earn their position into the upcoming 2020 Australian Junior Surfing Titles, which will take place in Queensland at the end of the year.
Former competitors in the NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth include current World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) surfers Owen, Mikey and Tyler Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons, Matt Wilkinson, Wade Carmichael and Connor O’Leary.
The daily schedule and location will be confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am each day. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
The event will be fully mobile in the Coffs Harbour area with Macauleys, Park Beach, Diggers, Gallows and Sawtell all venue options.
The Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth will adhere to strict COVID-19 policies and regulations outlined by the NSW Government.
All Surfing NSW events are in line with the current NSW public health order and we work with Sport NSW and NSW Office of Sport on all plans. Surfing NSW have developed a COVID safety plan to ensure the safety of all staff, participants and local stakeholders.
Please click here for our regularly updated Surfing NSW events COVID safety plan.
For further information on our protocols and guidelines please refer to the https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/public-health-orders.aspx and Office of Sport website here.
The Woolworths NSW Junior Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth will be proudly supported by Woolworths, Ocean and Earth, Coffs Harbour City Council, Mothernest, Reflections Holiday Park and Surfing NSW.
1 – Harley Walters (Angourie)
2 – Winter Vincent (Manly)
3 – Xavier Bryce (Narrabeen)
4 – Riley Munro (Tweed Heads)
1 – Rosie Smart (Sawtell)
2 – Holly Wishart (Werri)
3 – Keira Buckpitt (Culburra)
4 – Quincy Symonds (Tweed Heads)