NSW junior surfers quest for a state title climaxed today at the Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth with some of the state’s best young surfers hitting the water for heats in punchy three-to-four foot surf at Sawtell.
Oceanna Rogers (Shell Harbour) surfed well beyond her years in the Under-16 Girls division, hammering sections with a combination of style and gusto. The tiny Illawarra surfer shone in the overhead surf posting a mammoth 17.50 two-wave heat total which consisted of a near-perfect 9.50 wave score and an 8.00. Heat runner up and local Rosie Smart (Sawtell) put on a valiant performance posting a 16.07 heat total but was unable to jump ahead of her Rogers who sealed the heat win with the two aforementioned scores.
Keira Buckpitt (Culburra) and Zahlia Short (Austinmer) remained two of the biggest standouts of the event with both surfers notching up heat totals 16.00. Both surfers will make their next appearance in the Under-16 Girls quarterfinals tomorrow.
Fresh off his incredible performance in the recent big swells in Sydney, Kobi Clements (Collaroy) showed his small-wave game was just as mind-blowing as he smashed a giant 16.76 two-wave heat total in the third round of the Under-18 Boys. Clements executed some of the most powerful and technical snaps of the entire event to earn himself a position into the fourth round.
Central Coast goofy-footer Lennox Chell (Avoca) made his return to the NSW State Junior Titles after a year off last year and proceeded to link together a chain of incredible backside snaps and carves. Chell finished the heat with a solid 16.60 two-wave heat total which left his fellow competitors chasing two-wave combinations to take away his lead.
Jordan Turansky (Cronulla), Grayson Hinrichs (Bondi) and Jarvis Earle (Cronulla) flew the flag for Sydney surfers south of the Harbour Bridge with all surfers posting heat totals in excess of 15.00. All three surfers will make their next appearance in the fourth round.
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.
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For further information on our protocols and guidelines please refer to the 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.