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Arnette Australian Junior Surfing Titles down to the wire

Mitch Baker : photo Steve Robertson/Surfing Australia

Arnette Australian Junior Surfing Titles

Surfing Australia
Coolum Beach Queensland
28 Nov - 5 Dec 2009

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Arnette Australian Junior Surfing Titles Enters the Serious Stage with Finalists and Semi Finals being Decided

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 December, 2009 : - - With the Arnette Australian Junior Surfing Titles now into day 4, competition is hotting up across both individual and schools divisions as quarter finalists through to finalists are decided across most divisions. Schools competing in the prestigious Mark Richards Shield across under 19 and under 16 divisions have decided their finalists.

Woolgoolga Secondary High School in Coff’s Harbour NSW, represented by Alex Maniatis and Justin Turk again dominated this morning and in the Blue Ribbon under 19 Boys MR Shield they will face a much anticipated clash with Victoria’s Wonthaggi Secondary College, represented by Mitch Baker and Tom Cole.

The under 19 Girls MR Shield will see Phillip Island  Victorian pair Nikki Van Dijk and India Payne from Newhaven College  take on West Australia’s Bronte and Laura Macaulay from Margaret River Secondary High School. Chasing bragging rights as Australia’s top school of surfing when these finalists hit the water, most likely on Friday, will see all surfers fiercely compete for the pride of the school.

The two Victorian schools of Wonthaggi and Newhaven are actually neighbouring schools in Victoria , drawing their representatives from the surf rich region of Phillip Island and if both schools can win their finals it would be a first for Victoria to win both divisions and a first for Phillip Island. India Payne from Newhaven College is confident after today’s hard fought victory.

“That was really tough today with strong winds and waves breaking all over the place but we made it through and now we’re fully focused on the final – we’d love to win and then cheer on the Wonthaggi guys as well!” The individual Australian Title divisions were also back in the water today with repechage rounds run across all divisions.

Tomorrow will see an intensive day of under 18 and 16 surfing with successful surfers from today’s repechage rounds joining the winners from round one to decide quarter and semi finalists across all divisions.

The building 1m swell this afternoon looks set to maintain right through to Saturdays final day 

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Previous reports:
# 1 : Arnette Australian Junior Surfing Titles off to great start

# 2 : Small Coolum Day 2 of Arnette Australian Junior Titles

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Event Brief: Australia’s best junior surfers will be competing for prestigious Arnette Australian junior Surfing Titles across under 18 and under 16 Boy and Girl divisions. These surfers have been selected to represent their states via rigorous state junior surfing rounds. Winners of Boys 18 and 16 divisions and 18 girls will automatically be selected into TravelSim Team Australia which will travel to New Zealand to compete in the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games at the Quiksilver World Junior Surfing Championships in New Zealand next January. The Australian Junior Titles includes Australian School Surfing Association (ASSA) divisions utilizing unique teams surfing representing their schools and their states.

Previous Australian Junior Surfing Champions and Australian School Champions include  -  Tom Carroll, Damien Hardman, Pam Burridge, Mark Richards, Wayne Lynch, Joel Parkinson, Cheyne Horan and today’s crowned  three time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore!

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