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Oliver Heintz (Avalon) showed he’d be a name to watch out for in future years as he nabbed first-round victory over perennial event standout Winter Vincent (Manly) in the Under-18 Boys division. Image: Josh Brown / Surfing NSW

NSW’s best junior surfers continue to put on a show in Wollongong.

The Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth continued to mow through the opening rounds of competition today with surfers in the Under-16 and Under-18 division getting the opportunity to put on a show in punchy two-foot surf at Corrimal.
 
Oliver Heintz (Avalon) showed he’d be a name to watch out for in future years as he nabbed a first-round victory over perennial event standout Winter Vincent (Manly) in the Under-18 Boys division. Heintz lit up the tiny righthanders on his way to the win, knocking out a chain of mammoth backside hits to amass a gigantic 18.60 two-wave heat total. Both Vincent and Heintz will make their next appearance in the second round.
 
Taj Simon (Port Kembla) and Lennix Smith (Barrack Point) kept the fire burning bright for the south coasters with both surfers claiming first-round victories with decent heat totals in the 14.00 range. Both Simon and Smith found a handful of playful righthanders in their respective heats to seal their positions into the second round.
 
Juniper Harper (Lennox Head) has made her journey to Wollongong worthwhile, earning a victory in the remaining heats of the first round of the Under-16 Girls. As a former NSW Grommet Champion, Harper appeared to be one of the girls to keep an eye on in the division. 
 
The competition will commence each day at 7:30 am with the call for the day’s schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45 am. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
 
The event is expected to attract approximately 250 promising junior surfers to the Wollongong region.
 
Prime locations for the event are Sandon Point and Woonona.
 
Seeding for each age division was determined by the Surfing NSW State Rankings.
 
Schedule:
U18’s (Boys & Girls): Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th November 2021
U16’s (Boys & Girls): Wednesday 17th – Saturday 20th November 2021
U14’s (Boys & Girls): Saturday 20th – Monday 22nd November 2021
 
The event will run in a straight knock-out format, under four-person priority rules.

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