Creed McTaggart : photo Steve Robertson/Surfing Australia
Arnette Australian Junior Titles
Phillip Island, Victoria Australia
27 November - 4 December 2010
Super performance level at Arnette Australian Junior Titles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 December, 2010 : - - A fantastic day of highest level junior surfing saw Arnette Australian Junior surfing champions crowned across 4 individual divisions along with 7 schools teams surfing titles. In the excellent performance 1m surf at Woolamai Beach, high scores were essential for surfers chasing the wins.
West Australias Creed McTaggart (Margaret River) set the scene for an awesome day. McTaggart was trailing in 2nd place behind behind Matt Banting with just minute remaining in the blue ribbon under 18 Boys final and he required an excellent score of 8.75 or above to win. McTaggart found a good wave, threw caution to the wind, executed two outstanding aerial moves, scored a 9.2 and won the final!
Best result of my life for sure exclaimed 16 year-old McTaggart who last year placed 2nd in the under 16 division at this event. I knew I needed a huge score on that last ride so I just went for it hard, concentrated on landing my moves and it worked for me Im so happy now!
Local girl Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island/Smiths Beach) was a deserving winner of the under 18 girls. Van Dijk placed second in this division last year and to go one better and take a prestigious national title was an amazing result for Nikki.
Creed McTaggart & Nikki Van Dijk : photo Steve Robertson/Surfing Australia
I cant believe Ive won these are extremely hard to win and it really gives me belief in myself said Nikki. It will make me work harder to improve my surfing even more there is a great history of winners of this event so Id love to try and emulate some of them added Van Dijk.
The history of the event was actually highlighted in Hawaii today where three former winners of Australian Junior Surfing Titles made up the four girl final of the Hawaiian World Cup of Surfing. Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgibbon surfed that final in Hawaii with taking the win!
Under 16 divisions were also surfed today with wins to Sunshine Coasts Kai Hing (Wurtulla) and Kirstin Ogden (Lennox Head). Both won in similar fashion to McTaggart, trailing in the final minutes and finding strong final rides to nail the wins. Schools Teams titles were surfed todayand some of the performances were simply astounding.
Oney Anwar (Gold Coast Palm Beach Currumbin Secondary High School) put on an unbelieveable aerial display scoring two outstanding 9 point plus rides but hois all star team fell just short of Victorian pair Mitch Baker and Harrison Mann (Both Torquay) who took the win.
The other schools finals were all exciting hard fought affairs and the students took titles and an honoured place in surfing history in Australia. The all exciting tag team final concluded this magnificent event. Next years event will head further south to Tasmania!
Winners across all divisions
Under 18s Creed McTaggart (WA), Nikki Van Dijk (Vic)
Under 16 Kai Hing (Qld), Kirstin Ogden (NSW)
Schools All Stars
19s Mitch Baker/Harrison Mann (Vic), Nikki Van Dijk/India Payne (Vic)
16's - Tom Boucat/Matt King (NSW), Kirstin Ogden/Indiana Green (NSW)
Mark Richard Shield
Under 19s -Connor O'Leary/Rory Jenkins (Cronulla High School), Brodie and Amiya Doyle (Twins - representing Palm Beach Currumbin High School Qld)
Under 16's -Zac Haynes-Love/Sam Humphry (Churchlands Senior High School)
Tag Team 1st to 5th - WA, Qld, NSW, Vic, SA and TAS (equal 5th)
Final Teams Placings -Schools - Qld, NSW, Vic, WA, Tas, SA
Final Teams Overall - NSW, Qld, WA, Vic, Tas, Qld
Duke Kahanamoku Award - Creed McTagggart
Isabel Letham Award - Nikki Van Dijk
The 2010 Arnette Australian Junior Surfing Titles is proudly supported by Surfing Australia, Surfing Victoria, Australian School Surfing Association, Suncorp, Coastalwatch, TravelSIM, Australias Surfing Life Magazine, Vic Health, Play It Safe By The Water, Phillip Island Nature Parks, School Sport Victoria, Victoria Department of Planning and Community Development, Bass Coast and The Island Accommodation.
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