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Under-16 top-seeds shine at the Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth

The Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth shifted south to Sawtell for day three of competition where competitors were greeted with picturesque four-foot conditions as they attempted to make it past the third round of the competition.
Hughie Vaughan (Bateau Bay) charged in the overhead conditions finding a handful of decent barrels and solid walls to execute an array of exciting manoeuvres. The former NSW and Australian Champion was rewarded with an excellent 8.00 wave score in the heat which allowed him to solidify his position into the fourth round where he’ll meet Xavier Bryce (Manly), Mannix Greentree-Squiers (Corrimal) and Isaak Brown (Norah Head).  
Northern Beaches dynamo Winter Vincent (Manly) made a giant impact in his opening Under-16 Boys heat posting a giant 16.50 two-wave heat total, the highest of the round. Vincent executed a handful of powerful snaps and carves in the heat to take the heat victory and earn himself a spot into the fourth round.
Reigning Under-16 Boys NSW Champion Lennix Smith (Barrack Point) showed he was eager to bag himself back-to-back titles, taking an impressive victory in his opening exchange. The Illawarra natural-footer notched up a decent 13.54 two-wave heat total to claim a win ahead of fellow event standout Nate Hopkins (Noraville).
Other standouts included Harley Walters (Angourie) and Oliver Ryssenbeek (Merewether) who both posted heat totals in the 14.00 range to earn themselves spots into the fourth round.
Kasey Hargreaves (Stanwell Park) put on a dominant display of surfing in the Under-18 repechage rounds, posting an excellent 8.67 wave score. Hargreaves surfed beyond her years in the conditions, nailing an exciting chain of manoeuvres to earn her spot back into the main round of competition.

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 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.