Play it Safe by the Water Junior Challenge titles
Bells Beach, Victoria Australia
20 March 2016
Van Dijk able to lock in a heat total of 12.27 to claim the win
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 March, 2016 - Joe Van Dijk (Phillip Island) has taken out his second consecutive Play it Safe by the Water Junior Challenge today at Bells Beach. The powerful natural footer was on fire all day surfing multiple heats in both this event and the Premiers Active April Trials.
In a wave-starved final, Van Dijk was able to lock in a heat total of 12.27 ahead of Tane Bowden (Jan Juc) who placed in second on 11.26 points.
“I’m pretty happy. This is my last year I can compete in the event so its nice to win it again" said Van Dijk. “I had surfed 5 times already today and was so tired in the final so I was lucky to get a couple of waves.”
Placing in third was Tully Wylie (Jan Juc) who finished on a heat total of 6.17. In fourth way Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads) on 2.67 points. The Play it Safe by the Water Junior challenge aims to increase awareness of the risks of drowning amongst males. It also aims to empower surfers to help rescue swimmers who may be in trouble.
“Where I am from can be quite dangerous and I have had to rescues some swimmers who get caught in rips” said winner Van Dijk.
1st Joe Van Dijk (Phillip Island) – 12.27 Points
2nd Tane Bowden (Jan Juc) – 11.26 Points
3rd Tully Wylie (Jan Juc) – 6.17 Points
4th Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads) – 2.67 Points