Local junior surfer Kyuss King recently competed in The Soundwave Australian Junior Surfing Titles at Roaring Beach in Tasmania. Kyuss, at just twelve-years-old, surfed in the under-14 boys event, a new division created for this year’s titles.
Kyuss had a great lead-up to his final berth and placed second in his round-one heat in a total field of 12 boys from across the country. King had a great run in the semis with a 14.25 score that placed him first and beating Duke Nagtzamm from Western Australia on 9.60 and Noah Kearney from Queensland on 8.95.
Kyuss wasn’t able to find the scoring waves and came in fourth with a 7.00 to Kael Walsh (WA) on 18.65, Nagtzamm on 12.30 and Darcy Crump (NSW) on 11.55, but he was stoked with his result and happy to just make it into the finals. ‘Every heat was like a final,’ he said after the competition. ‘There are so many good surfers at the Australian Titles. I’m stoked and have another year in this division and want to take the title next time’.
Across all the divisions and age groups, Queensland proved to be the strongest state and can claim bragging rights as Australia’s best state for producing great junior surfers and potential future world champions, which might align with two of their favourite sons in Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning.