NSW Junior State Titles
Surfing New South Wales
Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills New South Wales
21 - 25 July 2014
Callaghan, Zaffis, Wrice & Wawn take top honors
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 July, 2014 - Rainbow Hills, Bonny Hills - Four NSW School Champions were crowned today at the National Roads & Motorists’ Association (NRMA) NSW Junior State Titles at Bonny Hills.
Pristine three-to-four foot conditions provided competitors with the perfect blank canvas to show their skills as they attempted to cement their position in the NSW team for the upcoming Australian Junior Surfing Titles in Yallingup, Western Australia in December.
Macy Callaghan (Avoca) backed up her earlier performances with a win in the Under-16 Girls. The talented natural-footer was able to lock in a 14.5 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) and as a result left her nearest competitor chasing a near perfect 9.34 wave score to take the lead from her. Despite moments of brilliance, Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff) had to settle for second position, while fellow Kincumber High School student Kirra-Belle Olsen (Copacabana) took third position.
“I’m so stoked,” said Callaghan. “I just really wanted to catch those longer lefts and thankfully my tactic worked. It’s weird to surf heat against my best friend [Olsen], but it’s just nice we both made the final.”
Luke Wrice (Coledale) created an uphill battle for his opposition in the Under-16 Boys, when he posted a 7.60 (out of a possible 10 points) and a 7.00 ride to get the edge over his fellow competitors. Samson Coulter (Balgowlah) put up a valiant effort throughout the final, but ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot.
“I just wanted to sit wider than everyone and pick off a few decent waves,” said Wrice. “The smaller waves were actually better as they hugged the bank a bit more and allowed for more scoring potential. I can’t wait to focus on the individual State Titles that kick off tomorrow now.”
Holly Wawn (Newport) fought a tight battle with Under-16 Girls winner Macy Callaghan (Avoca) to take the win in the elder division. The talented natural-footer threw down a series of technical forehand turns to nab the win with a heat total of 12.83.
“I’m pretty happy to get the win,” said Wawn. “It wasn’t the best heat I had all day, but it was still nice to get the win in some pretty good conditions. I just tried to get the best wave I could. I guess you can’t do anymore than that. The other competitors were all really tough to beat, so I’m stoked to get the win over them.”
Chris Zaffis (Angourie) was able to snatch the Under-19 Boys win from Jared Hickel (Cronulla) and Zac Wightman (Skennars Head) in the dying seconds of the final heat of the day. Needing a solid score to steal the lead, Zaffis was able to lock in an 8.47 scoring ride to sneak past Hickel and Wightman and take the win.
“That was such a heavy finish,” said Zaffis. “Everyone managed to get a wave in the dying seconds and fortunately I managed to get that wave right at the end. My heart was racing pretty fast at that point, so I just went as hard as I could, as I wasn’t sure what score I needed.”
Competition will recommence tomorrow at 7:30am with the call for the days schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am. 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. 2014 was 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.
The NRMA NSW State Junior Titles can run anywhere between North Haven and North Wall at Port Macquarie.
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.
NRMA Deputy President Wendy Machin stated: “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting event in Port Macquarie, the NRMA NSW Junior State Titles is a great platform for young surfers to shine and show off their talent, there could well be a future world champion among the boys and girls taking to the water this week.”
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.
1 – Chris Zaffis (Angourie – McLean High)
2 – Jared Hickel – (Cronulla – De La Salle)
3 – Zac Wightman (Skennars Head – Xavier Catholic College)
4 – Nathan Cook (Forresters Beach – Terrigal High)
1 – Holly Wawn (Newport – Sydney Distance Ed)
2 – Macy Callaghan (Avoca – Copacabana)
3 – Kobie Enright (Tweed Heads - Lindesfarne Anglican)
4 – Paris Whittaker (Caringbah – Sydney Distance Ed)
1 – Luke Wrice (Coledale – Bulli High)
2 – Samson Coulter (Balgowlah – St Augustines)
3 – Luke Condon (Lennox Head – St Johns College Woodlawn)
4 – Mikey Mcdonagh – (Lennox Head – Southern Cross School)
1 – Macy Callaghan (Avoca - Kincumber High)
2 – Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff - Mackellar Girls)
3 – Kirrabelle Olsen (Copacabana - Kincumber High)
4 – Kobie Enright (Tweed Heads - Lindesfarne Anglican)