Geoff Helisma |
Angourie surfer Dakoda Walters has continued his peerless run of form, notching up his third win in a row at the Hydralyte Sports Shoalhaven Pro Junior over the weekend, May 24 – 26.
The win augurs well for Walters’ qualifying for a tilt at the world pro junior title, due to be held at Jinzun Harbor, Taiwan, November 26 – December 1.
Walters also has a second place (750 pts) among his results from the Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior – each competitor’s five best scores are counted towards selection: Walters already has a total of 3,950 out of a possible 5,000 points.
There are only two remaining contests on the Australia/Oceania pro junior circuit; Walters’ closest rival, Alister Reginato, is 955 points behind him.
There are five other pro junior regions around the globe; the top two rated surfers from each region progress to compete for the world title.
Walters completed his hat-trick of wins, following victories at Cronulla and the Gold Coast.
In the final, Walters patiently waited for the bigger sets and scored 16.50 out of a possible 20, with his two highest scoring waves of 9.25 and a 7.25.
“This is a dream come true,” Walters said. “That was such a fun final and the waves came from nowhere to finish the event, which gave all of us a bunch of opportunities to get some decent scores.
“Once I got that 9.25, I knew I’d have to wait for a decent backup score to get ahead of the other guys, as I’d seen all of them post excellent scores throughout the event.
“I’m stoked that I was able to find one when I had first priority and take the win.”
The next competition, The Skullcandy Pro Junior, will be held at Lennox Head from July 14 to 17.
1 – Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW)
2 – Taj Stokes (Sunshine Coast, Qld)
3 – Joel Vaughan (Bateau Bay, NSW)
4 – Alister Reginato (Sunshine Coast, Qld)