THE call to move The 2018 Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles to Waitpinga for day four of competition proved a masterstroke for organisers as finalists were decided in pumping three to four foot waves and offshore winds.
In the under 18 boys, it was the inform NSW’s Jamie Thompson (NSW) top-scoring with a 15.50 point heat total (out of a possible 20 points).
He joins Ulladulla Boardriders’ Harry Phillips, Victoria’s Xavier Huxtable and NSW’s Micah Margieson in what should be an epic final.
The girls under 18 final and under 16 division semi-finals were decided with New South Wales style master Molly Picklum (14.75 points) a standout in the 18’s while in the 16’s Queenslander Isabella Caldow (14.25 points) stamped her authority in the quarter-finals – with Mollymook’s Sophia Fulton just missing out on a spot in the decider.
In the under 16 boys, Joel Vaughan (NSW) and Mike Clayton-Brown (NSW) top scored with 15.15 and 13.35 point semi-final totals respectively to earn the favourites tag heading into their final – against NSW’s Jai Glindeman and Queensland’s Zeb Stokes.
The under 16 girls semi-finals will run in the coming days along with under 14 girls and boys finals from the quarters.