Ocean & Earth NSW Junior State Surfing Titles
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
13 - 21, July 2016
Samson Coulter & Jay Brown take top spots in their categories
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 July, 2016 - Four NSW Junior Champions were crowned today at the Ocean and Earth NSW Junior State Surfing Titles as the event recommenced in clean two-foot waves at Lighthouse Beach.
Northern Beaches native Samson Coulter (Balgowlah) claimed his second major victory in as many weeks, taking out the Under-18 Boys final. Coulter shared the action packed final with Central Coast powerhouse Sandon Whittaker (Avoca) who held down the lead for the majority of the exchange. However, in the dying minute of the final, Coulter was able to muster up a massive 8.33 wave score, which allowed him to clench the victory.
Joining Coulter in the winners circle was fellow Queenscliff Boardriders Club member Alysse Cooper (Manly) who was victorious in the Under-18 Girls final. Cooper put on a stellar display of surfing in the final to post a 15.84 heat total and claim the win ahead of Central Coast surfer Zoe Ifield (North Entrance) who took out the runner-up spot.
Jay Brown (Cronulla) saved his best performance for last, overcoming a rampaging Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head) to claim the Under-16 Boys final. Brown posted an 11.90 heat total to take the title and earn his position in the NSW Team for the upcoming Australian Junior Titles in Phillip Island.
Following a string of heat wins, Kirra-Belle Olsson (Avoca) continued to perform beyond her years, claiming the Under-16 Girls final. Olsson posted a respectable 8.00 ride and a 7.47 to amass a heat total of 15.47 and claim the victory ahead of Bodhi-Leigh Jones (Avalon) who claimed the silver medal position.
The Ocean and Earth NSW Junior Surfing Festival will resume tomorrow with the Ocean and Earth NSW Junior State School Surfing Titles.
The daily schedule and location will be confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am each day. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
All qualifiers for the Ocean and Earth NSW Junior State Titles were determined by eight individual regional titles, which took place up and down the NSW coastline earlier in 2016.
2016 is the sixth year Surfing NSW will combine the NSW School Surfing Titles into the event.
The event will be fully mobile in the Port Macquarie area with Town Beach, Flynns Beach, Light House Beach, Rainbow Beach (Bonny Hills) and North Haven Beach all venue options.
The nine-day event will run from the 13th – 21st, July 2016, with the festival set to include:
Australian Skin Cancer Clinic NSW Junior Longboard State Titles (13th - 14th)
Australian Kneeboard Titles Round 2 (13th - 14th)
Ocean & Earth NSW Junior State Surfing Titles (15th - 19th)
Ocean & Earth NSW Junior State School Surfing Titles (20th - 21st)
The Ocean and Earth NSW Junior Surfing Festival is proudly supported by Ocean and Earth, HIF, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Big4 Bonny Hills Holiday Park, NBN, Toyota, Carve, Ohana Ocean Athletics and Surfing NSW.
RESULTS AND HEAT TOTALS:
1 – Samson Coulter (Balgowlah) 15.26
2 – Sandon Whittaker (Avoca) 13.17
1 – Alysse Cooper (Manly) 15.84
2 – Zoe Ifield (North Entrance) 6.93
1 – Jay Brown (Cronulla) 11.90
2 – Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head) 9.60
1 – Kirra-Belle Olsson (Avoca) 15.47
2 – Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon) 12.60