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New South Wales crowns state Junior champs

Watonga Rocks, NSW Junior State Titles Surfing New South Wales, Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills New South Wales
Kirra Belle Olsen © Ethan Smith/SNSW




NSW Junior State Titles

Surfing New South Wales
Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills New South Wales
21 - 27 July 2014

Remaining finals wrap up at the 2014 NRMA Juniors

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 July, 2014 - Rainbow Beach,  The 2014 National Roads & Motorists' Association (NRMA) NSW Junior State Titles returned to the idyllic shores of Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills to crown the champions in the Under-12 and Under-14 divisions today. Competitors revelled in the picturesque one-to-two foot waves as they attempted to nab themselves a win in the prestigious titles.

Keanu Miller (Bulli) made his mark early in the Under-14 Boys final, locking in an 8.17 wave score (out of a possible ten points) to get the edge over his opposition. Despite some solid scores and leadership threats from fellow finalists Mikey Mcdonagh (Lennox Head), Caleb Tancred (Avoca) and Jay Brown (Lilli Pilli), Miller was able to keep his opposition at arms length and take the win. All surfers have qualified for the upcoming Australian Junior Titles in Yallingup, Western Australia in December.
Kirra-Belle Olsen (Copacabana) and Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon) fought a tight battle in an attempt to claim the Under-14 Girls final. Despite both surfers locking in scores in the seven-point range, Olsen was able to get the nod over Leigh-Jones with a respectable 5.67 back-up score. Nica Frayne (Mona Vale) took third spot, while Madison Poole (Lambton) claimed fourth. As a result Olsen, Leigh-Jones and Frayne have qualified for the upcoming Australian Junior Titles in December. 
Lennox Chell (Avoca) continued to build on the momentum he showed in the opening rounds yesterday when he locked in a perfect ten point ride and a 9.60 (out of a possible ten points) in his Under-12 Boys semi-final. The Central Coast goofy-footer backed up with a convincing win in the final when he left his closest competitor, Benny Wilson (Narrabeen), chasing a 16.33 combination of scores to take the lead.  Winter Vincent (Manly) took third spot while Hunter Weston (Lennox Head) finished in fourth.

Lennox Chell © Smith/SNSW

Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon) took out her second NSW Junior Title in as many years, claiming the Under-12 Girls final. Leigh-Jones managed to post a remarkable 15.33 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to take the win from fellow Northern Beaches surfer Bella Grainger (Collaroy) who finished in second position.
The prestigious competition determined the NSW team for the upcoming Australian Junior Surfing Titles in Yallingup, Western Australia in December. All qualifiers for the NRMA NSW Junior State Titles were determined by ten individual regional titles, which took place up and down the NSW coastline earlier in the year.
The NRMA NSW Schools Titles occupied the first two days of the event. The NRMA NSW State Junior Titles could run anywhere between North Haven and North Wall at Port Macquarie.

Keanu Miller © Smith/SNSW


The NRMA is Australia's largest member-owned organisation, with over 2.4 million Members across NSW and the ACT. In recent years the NRMA has expanded from its original offering of roadside assistance to an organisation with a broad range of services in the areas of motoring, travel, holiday accommodation, car rental, emergency home assistance, advocacy, publishing, entertainment tickets, and driving instruction. The NRMA's youth programme Free2go, a special Roadside Assistance Membership for young drivers aged 16-20 underpins the NRMA's support of Surfing NSW. 

All celebrations took place at Town Green Inn and began on Sunday, 20th July with an opening ceremony. Komunity Project came onboard with the event as a major sponsor and supplied a large of prizes for selected participants. Komunity Project is designed, surfed and tested by its founder, 11 times World Champion Kelly Slater.
Coastalwatch Plus was the official forecast partner for the event, ensuring all competitors get the best waves possible. The 2014 NRMA NSW Junior State Titles was proudly sponsored by NRMA, Komunity Project, Port Macquarie - Hastings Council, Town Green Inn, Peak wetsuits, Smoothstar, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, HIF, Ohana Ocean Athletics, Carve, Vertra, Coastalwatch Plus, Saltwater Wine, Doppio or Nothing, Port Macquarie Surf School, Port News, Star FM, 2MC and Surfing NSW.

Under-14 Boys
1 – Keanu Miller (Bulli)
2 – Mikey Mcdonagh (Lennox Head)
3 – Caleb Tancred (Avoca)
4 – Jay Brown (Lilli Pilli)

Under-14 Girls
1 – Kirra Belle Olsen (Copacabana)
2 – Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon)
3 – Nica Frayne (Mona Vale)
4 – Madison Poole (Lambton)

Under-12 Boys
1 – Lennox Chell (Avoca)
2 – Benny Wilson (Narrabeen)
3 – Winter Vincent (Manly)
4 – Hunter Weston (Lennox Head)

Under-12 Girls
1 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon)
2 – Bella Grainger (Collaroy)
3 – Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head)
4 – Charli Hurst (Windang)

Ethan Smith

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