Another day of big scores and high-performance surfing at the 2022 Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Titles

Published on 02/12/2022

The rain finally cleared and Cylinders Beach turned it on for Day 6 of the Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Titles. There were several 9-point rides and semi finalists decided in the U18 Men, U16 Men, U16 Women and U14 Boys divisions.

In the U18 Men, Harley Walters (Angourie, NSW) posted a massive two-wave score of 16.20 (9.35 & 6.85) to book his spot in the semi final. Also making it through: Macklin Flynn (Cowaramup, WA), Brock Launders (Margaret River, WA), Harry O’Brien (Skennars Head, NSW), Dane Henry (Fingal Head, NSW) and Lucas Hickson (Rye, VIC).

In the U16 Men, Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater, NSW), Darcy Dwyer (Cooroibah , QLD) and Landen Smales (Noosa Heads, QLD) all won their quarter final heats and will be joined in the semis by Kash Brown (Cronulla, NSW), Rico Haybittle (Palm Beach, QLD) and Jay Phipps (Point Lonsdale, VIC).

Isla Huppatz (Burleigh Heads, QLD) will be the one to watch in Under 16 Women after posting the highest single wave score today, a 9.50, and combined heat total of 17.75. Also progressing through to the semis: Milla Brown (Newport, NSW), Ava Holland (Dromana, VIC), Ruby Trew (Narrabeen, NSW), Isi Campbell (Denmark, WA) and Ava Arghyros(Kingscliff, NSW).

Securing their spot in the semis in the U14 Boys were Ocean Lancaster (Merewether, NSW), Taj Air (Thirroul, NSW), Ben Zanatta (Dee Why, NSW), Caden Francis (Gold Coast, QLD), Max Mcgillivray (Evans Head, NSW) and Henry Dowling (Sunrise Beach, QLD). Mcgillivray again posted one of the highest single-wave scores of the day with a 9.35.

Surfing Australia Contest Director, Glen Elliott said: “We decided to delay the start to let the tide come in. The shore break at Cylinders Beach delivered high performance waves that the groms revelled in. We’ve had multiple 9-point rides today and, for the first time, there was a clean sweep in the Allstars schools team events with Surfing Queensland winning every division. That’s never been done, a fantastic result.”

In the MR Shield events, Queensland again dominated taking out three of the four finals. The winning schools were: NBSC Freshwater (NSW), Sienna Catholic College (QLD), Palm Beach Currumbin SHS (QLD) and St Andrews Lutheran (QLD).

Tomorrow competition in expected to start at 7am at Cylinders Beach where six Australian champions will be crowned. Four will automatically qualify for the Australian Irukajdjis Junior Team and the valuable points on offer will decide the final Australian junior rankings for the U18s and U16s.

Surfing Australia would like to acknowledge the Quandamooka people as the traditional owners of the land on which the competition will be held and we pay our respects to elders, past, present and emerging and thank them for the opportunity.

The event is supported by Surfing Australia, Surfing Queensland, Ruffie, Redlands City Council and QYAC.

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