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Ethan Ewing and Sophie McCulloch earn Quik & Roxy wildcards

Ethan Ewing © Cory Roberts/Surfing Queensland




Queensland Junior State Titles Gold Coast

Surfing Queensland
Duranbah Beach, Queensland
12 - 13 September 2015

Duo take top honours at pumping Duranbah

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 September, 2015 -  There was no shortage of waves at Duranbah Beach today where champions were crowned in finals day of the 2015 Queensland Junior State Titles.

In the blue-ribbon Under 18’s divisions Ethan Ewing (Point Lookout, Qld) and Sophie McCulloch (Alexandra Headland, Qld) took out the top honours and secured the coveted Quiksilver and Roxy Pro trials wildcards, moving one step further to compete against the world's best professional surfers at the 2016 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks.

The ride of the competition was early on in day two, with Under 18 division’s Holly-Daze Coffey (Coolangatta, Qld) scoring a perfect 10 in the semi-final after performing three impressive power based turns. Coffey showed plenty of confidence and skill as she secured her place in the final.

The Under 14 girls competed in the first finals of the day and showed the crowd early that it was going to be a competitive heat. But it was Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, Qld) who took the lead early after scoring a 8.5 point wave (out of a possible 10), successfully defending her position in top spot with Ellia Smith (Coolum Beach, Qld), Raya Campbell (Coolangatta, Qld) and Holly Williams (Buddina, Qld) finishing in respective order. In the Under 14 boys, Josh Grange (Burleigh Heads, Qld) held top position throughout the final, finishing ahead of Will Carter (Wurtulla, Qld), Jay Occhilupo (Palm Beach, Qld) and Zane Assink (Yaroomba, Qld).

The Under 16’s put on a brilliant display of competitive surfing, with Maddy Job (Burleigh Heads, Qld) narrowly edging out Dextar Muskens (Tweed Heads, NSW) in the heavily packed boys final, with Noah Stocca (Peregian Beach, Qld) and Hinata Aizawa (Palm Beach, Qld) finishing third and fourth respectively. Meanwhile, Amber Dods (Sunrise Beach, Qld) did the honours in the girls final, beating Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, Qld), Sasha Baker (Mudjimba, Qld) and Pacha Luque-Light (Tugun, Qld).

In the Under 18 girls final, Sophie McCulloch (Alexandra Headland, Qld) forced her fellow finalists into a combination situation, all requiring a near perfect heat score of 17.17 (out of a possible twenty) which left Holly-Daze Coffey (Coolangatta, Qld), Lucy Callister (Palm Beach, Qld) and Vittoria Farmer (Noosa Heads, Qld) finishing second, third and fourth respectively. Overall, McCulloch walks away from the series with the Roxy Pro wildcard for the second consecutive year.

The Under 18 boys closed off the 2015 Queensland Junior State Titles in impressive style, with Ethan Ewing (Point Lookout, Qld) scoring high points in the dying minutes to take the lead and like McCulloch, Ewing scored his second consecutive Quiksilver Pro wildcard, with Quinn Bruce (Coolangatta, Qld), Thomas Prout (Currimundi, Qld) and Aaron Kelly (Sunrise Beach, Qld) finishing respectively.

Laura McCreesh

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