Billabong GROMS dominate the SDS Australian junior titles!
A multitude of Australian Junior Champions were crowned today at the Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles after a series of dog-eat-dog battles in tricky one-to-two foot peaks at Shallows, near Rabbit Hill, Yallingup.
Kalani Ball (Stanwell Park, NSW) had his work cut out for him in the Under-18 Boys finals, when he came up against local standout Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA), 2013 Under-18 Aussie Champion Fraser Dovell (Avalon, NSW) and Queensland powerhouse Quinn Bruce (Sunshine Beach, Qld). Ball perfectly synced his heat strategy with the punchy little right-handers and was able to get an early lead, with a foundation of wave scores equaling 16.10 points (out of a possible 20 points). Willcox was able to get within striking distance of the win, performing a variety of solid backside hooks, but unfortunately failed to muster up the required 7.10 wave score (out of a possible ten points) and had to settle for second position.
“I just really wanted to get away to a good start in that final,” said Ball. “Jacob kept getting pretty good waves so I was pretty nervous about the heat as time ticked down. It’s been one of the toughest heats I’ve ever had and Jacob kept getting so close to getting the score he needed to go to first. I pretty stoked with the way it all panned out.”
After some stellar performances over the course of the Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles, Reef Heazlewood (Moffatt Beach, Qld) showed no signs of stopping in the final of the Under-16 Boys. The Sunshine Coast goofy-footer managed to fly over dead sections and link together some massive turns to post a 15.20 heat total (out of a possible 20 points). Local surfer Kael Walsh (Yallingup, WA) put up a strong battle, but ultimately fell short and had to settle for second place.
“This feels amazing,” said Heazlewood. “Having the entire Queensland team behind me and support each other was awesome. My tactic was to just have as much fun as humanly possible and enjoy myself. I’m so happy it worked.”
2013 Under-14 Aussie Junior Champion Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) managed to claim back-to-back Aussie Titles this year, claiming the Under-16 Girls. The Central Coast natural-footer never looked like losing over the course of the entire event, constantly posting excellent scores for combinations of technically sound snaps and carves.
“This means so much to win this,” said Callaghan. “I’ve been doing lots of training with my coaches and I just came into this event trying to build on everything they taught me.”
2013 Under-14 Australian Junior Champion Caleb Tancred (Avoca, NSW) managed to get his second win in as many years when he took out the highly competitive division with a heat total of 16.66.
Caleb’s forehand carves fit perfectly in the tight rippy pockets of Shallows and he was able to get the nod over Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head, NSW), Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, Vic) and Keanu Miller (Bulli, NSW).
A win at the national level is regarded as a major step in a surfer’s competitive career with the list of past winners featuring some of the greatest names in world surfing including ASP Men’s World Champions Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, fellow Gold Coasters Dean Morrison and Bede Durbidge, plus former World Champions Mark Richards, Tom Carroll and Damien Hardman.
1 – Kalani Ball (Stanwell Park, NSW)
2 – Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA)
3 – Quinn Bruce (Sunshine Beach, Qld)
4 – Fraser Dovell (Avalon, NSW)
1 – Tayla Hanak (Yankalilla, SA)
2 – Sophie McCullough (Alexandra Headland, Qld)
3 – Jaleesa Vincent (Coolum, Qld)
4 – Lizzie Stokely (Bruny Island, Tas)
1 – Reef Heazlewood (Moffatt Beach, Qld)
2 – Kael Walsh (Yallingup, WA)
3 – Dextar Muskens (Gold Coast, Qld)
4 – Felix Leaver (Yallingup, WA)
1 – Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW)
2 – Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff, NSW)
3 – Amber Dodds (Sunrise Beach, Qld)
4 – Ebony Wilson (Elanora, Qld)
1 – Kirra-Belle Olsson (Avoca, NSW)
2 – Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW)
3 – Piper Harrison (Mornington Peninsula, Vic)
4 – Holly Williams (Buddina, Qld)
1 – Caleb Tancred (Avoca, NSW)
2 – Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head, NSW)
3 – Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, Vic)
4 – Keanu Miller (Bulli, NSW)
Under-19 Boys MR Shield
1 – Margaret River Senior High School, WA – Jacob Wilcox and Jed Mattison – 23 points
2 – Xavier Catholic College, NSW – Zac Wightman and Aeran Thomas – 18.30 points
Under-19 Girls MR Shield
1 – Sydney Distance Ed, NSW – Holly Wawn and Paris Whittaker – 21.45 points
2 – Palm Beach Currumbin SHS, Qld – Ren Hashimoto and Kiani Dobbyn – 15.25 points
Under-16 Boys MR Shield
1 – Bulli High, NSW – Joel Wood and Luke Wrice – 31.00 points
2 – Palm Beach Currumbin SHS Qld – Hinata Aizawa and Dextar Muskens – 22.55 points