Angela snatches State title with perfect ride
By Brad Greenshields
When it comes to winning finals, they don't come much more exciting than Angela Keighran's victory on the weekend to claim the Under 18's title at the State Surfing championships.
With only 30 seconds remaining in the final, the Mullaway surfer was running third but managed to score a perfect 10 with her final wave at Macauleys to snatch victory from Boom-erang Beach natural-footer Jess Hickson and Sawtell surfer Kirra Townsend.
"I knew that I wasn't coming first or second as I hadn't had any good waves until then," Keighran said.
"I caught a quick wave just before the end and as I was paddling out another wave came along.
"Obviously the way it finished I was happy to get that."
Having made the final, both Keighran and Townsend joined a strong contingent of local surfers who have qualified for the National junior titles which will be held late November at Roaring Beach in Tasmania.
Keighran would have been happy just to qualify for those championships, let alone win the title.
"Basically my goal was just to reach the final," the Woolgoolga High student said.
"I was happy to qualify for the nationals and anything after that was just a bonus."
As Keighran rode in at the completion of the final they announced her perfect score as well as her victory.
"I was real stoked when I heard my name," she said.
"As I said before I hadn't caught any good waves until that last one."
Other than Keighran and Townsend, three other local surfers will also be going to Tasmania to chase a national title.
Valla's Heath Joske who won the Boys Under 18s, Coffs Harbour's Madison Williams and Sawtell surfer Billy Kean will all be travelling down as part of the NSW team.