Semifinalists decided at the Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Titles

Published on 30/11/2023

The Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Titles powered through a crucial day of competition to determine the first semifinalists in the U18 Men’s and Women’s divisions. Surfing resumed at Cape Woolamai this morning after wild weather caused a lay day ​yesterday.

Willem Watson (VIC) posted the highest heat total of the day in U18 Men, a 14.26, to book his spot in the semifinals. Also making it through were Landen Smales (QLD), Eden Hasson (NSW), Jimmi Hill (NSW), Fred Carmody (NSW) and Macklin Flynn (WA).

Flynn, who has also progressed to the final in the MR Shield, said: “It’s really fun here and there are some good waves around this place. I can’t wait to be surfing the MR final with my best mate from school. Everyone supports everyone and I think it keeps me going with all the positive energy.”

In U18 Women, Willow Hardy (WA) put on a dominant display in her quarterfinal heat, posting an excellent 9.05 (out of a possible 10) single wave score. Hardy, Shyla Short (NSW), and Sarah Young (QLD) all won their quarterfinal heats and will be joined in the semis by Ruby Berry (WA), Natalie Fensom (NSW) and Jordy Halford (QLD).

Finalists were also decided in the U16 Boys and Girls schools divisions for the MR Shield.

Contest Director, Liam Robertson said: “It was great to get competition back underway today after a lay day. We had some super fun 2-3ft peaks at Cape Woolamai. The level of surfing has been incredible today and we’re looking forward to moving into finals over the coming days.”

Stay up to date with all the results via LiveHeats.

More information on website HERE.

Watch the final two days of the contest LIVE on KommunityTV. More details on how to tune in are provided below.

About the Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Titles:
The Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Titles encompass individual divisions for U14 – U18 Junior Men and Women as well as school surfing divisions for U16 – U19 (Allstars & MR Shield) Junior Men and Women and is the final major counting event on the National Junior Rankings, awarding 10,000 points to every age division winner.

Surfing Australia would like to acknowledge the Bunurongpeople 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 major partner Woolworths, presenting partner Surfers for Climate, media partner KommunityTV and supporting partners Le Tan, Ruffie, Wax Fresh, Destination Gippsland, Bass Coast Shire Council and Surfing Victoria.

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