NSW Junior State Titles
Surfing New South Wales
Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills New South Wales
21 - 25 July 2014
90 school kids launch into Junior Titles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 July, 2014 - Day one of the National Roads & Motorists’ Association (NRMA) NSW Junior State Titles kicked off with the first round of the NSW Schools Titles in three-to-four foot waves at Bonny Hills today.
Over 90 school kids from all over NSW tore into the pristine conditions in an attempt to cement their position in the NSW team for the upcoming Australian Junior Surfing Titles in Yallingup, Western Australia in December.
Macy Callaghan (Avoca) showed she will be tough to beat in upcoming heats, locking in the highest heat score of the event so far; an 18.03 (out of a possible 20 points). Surfing across both the Under-19 Girls and the Under-16 Girls, Callaghan managed to book her spot into tomorrow’s quarterfinals in both respective divisions.
Hot on Macy’s heels were Tweed Head surfers Alyssa Lock and Kobie Enright who both surfed across the Under-16 and Under-19 Girls and were able to lock in individual wave scores in excess of nine points (out of a possible ten points). As a result, both surfers will make a quarterfinals berth tomorrow alongside Callaghan.
Harley Ross-Webster (North Curl Curl) managed to lock in one of the most complete and rounded performances in the Under-19 Boys, posting an impressive 8.83 wave score for two powerful forehand hooks. Judges later commented that Harley’s approach to performing technical manoeuvres on the critical section of the wave were the reason for the aforementioned scores.
Other heat winners in the Under-19 Boys included: Chris Zaffis (Angourie) Jarrod Szele (Oak Flats), Zac Wightman (Skennars Head), Jared Hickel (Cronulla) and Nathan Cook (Forresters Beach).
Luke Wrice (Coledale) was the standout performer in the Under-16 Boys, performing a series of solid backhand turns and a fins-out reverse to be awarded with an impressive 8.50 scoring ride. Wrice was able to back up the previously mentioned score with a 6.67, which consequently left the rest of the field chasing a combination of scores to move into the top position.
Other Under-16 Boys winners included: Mikey Mcdonagh (Lennox Head), Mitch Raymond (Macmasters Beach), Samson Coulter (Balgowlah), Caleb Tancred (Avoca) and Luke Condon (Lennox Head).
Competition will recommence tomorrow at 7:30am with the call for the days schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
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 will occupy the first two days of the event. 2014 will be the fourth year Surfing NSW will combine the NSW School Surfing Titles into the event.
All celebrations will take place at Town Green Inn and are set to begin on Sunday, 20th July with an opening ceremony and conclude with a final presentation on Sunday, 27th July. Other functions at Town Green Inn include: A Surfing NSW judging seminar and trivia night (Monday 21st), School State Surfing Titles presentation (Tuesday 22nd) and a pizza, ping-pong and movie night (Thursday 24th).
The NRMA NSW State Junior Titles can run anywhere between North Haven and North Wall at Port Macquarie. Surfing NSW has secured the support of the NRMA for 2014/15 as the organisations' major sponsor. The NRMA will support more than 30 youth surf events to be held at NSW beaches along the east coast.
The NRMA's youth programme Free2go, a special Roadside Assistance Membership for young drivers aged 16-20 will underpin the organisations' support which commenced this week as naming sponsor of the 2014 NSW Junior State Titles. For more information on Free2go check out mynrma.com.au
Komunity Project have come onboard with the event as a major sponsor and will supply a large portion of prizes for selected participants. Komunity Project is designed, surfed and tested by its founder, 11 times World Champion Kelly Slater. Coastalwatch Plus is the official forecast partner for the event, ensuring all competitors get the best waves possible.
The 2014 NRMA NSW Junior State Titles is 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.