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James Wood/Stephanie Gilmore win NSW Junior Titles

James Wood : file photo courtesy

NSW Junior Tiles

Cronulla, NSW

30 - 31 August 2003

James Wood/Stephanie Gilmore win NSW Junior Titles

Current and former world junior champions, along with the rest of the states best junior surfers were on show at the NSW junior titles over the weekend. The contest was held at Cronulla in one metre waves that at times allowed outstanding performances.

The blue ribbon Under 18 boys division showcased Old Bar’s Ben Dunn who has just returned from Durban, South Africa with the World junior title. James Wood from Lennox Head had different ideas in the final with his outstanding fast vertical turns giving him the title. Dunn had to settle for second with the central coast’s Michael Spencer in third and Avalon’s Tom Rudd fourth.

The under 16 boys was an open affair with many of the well known surfers now too old for the division. Copacabana’s Matt Wilkinson started as the favourite and soon showed why with excellent wave selection and powerful turns. In the final Wilkinson stunned the crowd and opposition with a perfect ten point ride followed by a nine pointer to shatter Culburra’s Owen Wright who was on fire early with a nine point ride on his first wave of the final. In third and fourth was Heath Joske and Dale Richards who were both suffering from viruses.

The under 18 girls saw Stephanie Gilmore’s fluid style take out the division ahead of current world junior champion Jessie Mylie-Dyer. Third was Nicola Atherton followed by Ashley Cheadle.

The under 16 girls was dominated by Boomerang Beaches Jessica Hickson who had two 8 point righthanders in her tally. Second was Cronulla’s Eliza Roberts who was unable to find the quality of waves that Hickson caught. Third was Angela Keirghan with Sophie Curtis in fourth.

The under 14 boys was possibly the highlight with Chris Salisbury cranking major turns on the righthanders that many of the under 18 years surfers would have been proud of. One wave consisted of numerous vertical re-entries and was rewarded with a perfect 10 points. Billy Kean closed the gap on his last wave of the final to fall only half a point short of winning the division. Third place went to Sam Wrench with Perth Standlick in fourth.

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