The Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth saw an action-packed day of surfing today as the the Under-16 divisions kicked off in playful two-foot surf.
Following a similar path to his older brother Dakoda, Harley Walters (Angourie) blew up in his opening Under-16 Boys heat, nailing a wild array of backside snaps and forehand tube rides. Walters set an early pace in the heat, posting an excellent 8.33 wave score that allowed him to gain the upperhand in the heat and ultimately take the win.
Port Stephens surfer Eden Hasson (Boat Harbour) made his presence felt in the Under-16 Boys division, nailing a massive 15.67 wave score. Hasson executed a handful of impressive backhand turns to notch up the aforementioned score and seal himself a spot straight into the third round.
Kyan Falvey (Cabarita) posted the highest two-wave heat total of the event thus far, notching up a gigantic 16.47 two-wave heat total. The talented north coast surfer posted an excellent 8.17 and an 8.30 to amass the previously mentioned total and earn his spot straight into the third round.
Duke Wrencher (Byron Bay), Nate Hopkins (Norah Head) and Dylan Fawle (Newport Beach) all fired warning shots over the heads of their fellow competitors, posting notable wave and heat scores. All three surfers claimed victories in their heats and as a result earned a spot straight into round three.
Rosie Smart (Sawtell) flew the flag for the local surfers, finishing her first round Under-16 Girls heat with a solid 15.93 two-wave heat total. The local competitor showed her extensive knowledge of Coffs Harbour beachbreaks to gain the score and ensure she claimed the opening round victory.
Quincy Symonds (Tweed Heads), Tyla Hurst (Port Kembla), Niamh Sharpe (Lennox Head), Zahlia Short (Austinmer), Natalie Fensom (Newcastle), Bella Morrison (Coffs Harbour) and Bonnie Coulter (Warriewood) all followed Smart’s lead and were able to claim Under-16 Girls round one victories, ensuring they skipped the repechage rounds.
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 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.