HEROES WELCOME: NSW pair Keanu Miller and Moonee Beach grom Taj Watson are lofted on to the shoulders of teammates after winning their final at the national titles at Phillip Island.
HEROES WELCOME: NSW pair Keanu Miller and Moonee Beach grom Taj Watson are lofted on to the shoulders of teammates after winning their final at the national titles at Phillip Island. Surfing Australia

Taj on crest of a wave

THANKS to Moonee Beach grom Taj Watson, New South Wales is the leading surfing state in the country.

Competing in the under-16 AllStars division of the School Sport Australia finals at the Surf Dive 'n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles held on the beautiful Phillip Island in Victoria, Watson paired up with Keanu Miller to steer NSW to victory.

The 15-year-old admitted he found the conditions which face Bass Strait "cold", but managed to ignore that to produce a string of fine performances.

Taj and partner jumped straight into the semi-finals after scoring the highest heat score of the opening round when surfing against a South Australian pair.

Facing Western Australia in the knockout semi final, Taj and his South Coast teammate had a battle on their hands but managed to progress through to the final.

Standing between the NSW pair and a national title were the Queensland duo of Alister Reginato and Kai Tandler.

A strong start put the NSW pair in control of the final and when the siren blew to say time was up Taj and Keanu were crowned the champs after securing a 4.60 point lead.



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