Juniors battle it out at Macauleys
JUNIOR surf champions were crowned at Macauleys Beach on Tuesday following a day of heats in tricky one-foot waves.
The Woolworths NSW Junior Titles presented by Ocean and Earth played out with the visiting Sea Shepherd flagship MY Steve Irwin providing an impressive backdrop.
Zack McMahon's ability to perform big aerials proved to be his advantage in the under 18s boys final. The Evans Head natural-footer came off the blocks early in the exchange nailing two innovative rides in the opening five minutes of the heat. McMahon was duly rewarded for the risky maneuvers, nailing an excellent 8.67 wave score, as well as a seven-point ride to amass a 15.67 two-wave heat total and claim the victory.
Molly Picklum from Shelly Beach claimed her second NSW title in as many years, taking out the under 18 girls. Picklum remained busy in the 25-minute exchange catching a whopping 11 waves. Picklum was able to get the better of the heat thanks to a 12.8 two-wave heat total which allowed her to claim the win ahead of Bodhi Leigh-Jones from Avalon by a 1.60 margin.
Mike Clayton-Brown from Port Stephens engaged in a tight battle with 2017 Under 16 boys State Title winner Lennox Chell from Avoca in the tricky conditions. Clayton-Brown found a handful of punchy right-handers to post a near excellent 7.83 wave score which gave him the upper hand in the exchange and claim the win by 0.53.
Following her exciting hometown victory at the recent Skullcandy Oz Grom Open president by Vissla, Nyxie Ryan from Lennox Head added another accomplishment to her mantelpiece, taking out the Under 16 girls. Ryan executed a handful of critical turns to notch up a 14.67 two-wave heat total and claim the victory ahead of Cedar Leigh-Jones from Avalon by less than two points.
The Woolworths NSW Junior Titles will reconvene today with the NSW School Surfing Titles.
Competitors in the Woolworths NSW Junior Titles were battling for an NSW Junior Title and in turn, earn their position into the upcoming 2018 Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles, which will take place in South Australia at the end of the year.
All qualifiers for the NSW State Junior Titles were determined by eight individual regional titles, which took place up and down the NSW coastline earlier in 2018.
The last two days of the event will comprise of the NSW School Surfing Titles.
2018 will be the eighth year Surfing NSW will combine the NSW School Surfing Titles into the event.
The daily schedule and location will be confirmed via the event hotline at 6.45am each day. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
The event will be fully mobile in the Coffs Harbour area with Macauleys, Park Beach, Diggers, Gallows and Sawtell all venue options.
Under-18 Boys. 1 - Zack McMahon (Evans Head). 2 - Harry Phillips (Broulee). 3 - Micah Margieson (Cabarita). 4 - Taj Watson (Coffs Harbour)
Under-18 Girls. 1 - Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach). 2 - Bohdi Leigh-Jones (Avalon). 3 - Madison Poole (Lambton). 4 - Tru Starling (Narrabeen)
Under-16 Boys. 1 - Mike Clayton-Brown (Port Stephens). 2 - Lennox Chell (Avoca). 3 - Jordan Liackman (Caves Beach). 4 - Jarvis Earle (Cronulla)
Under-16 Girls. 1 - Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head). 2 - Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon). 3 - Carly Shanahan (Wooli). 4 - Charli Hurst (Port Kembla)