One-to-two-foot waves rolled into Maroubra yesterday for the second day of the 2013 Ohana NSW Junior State Surfing Titles.
Kicking off the morning were the Under-19 Boys All Stars, who made light work of the incoming high tide and relatively slow conditions.
In the first heat of the morning, Merewether’s Jackson Baker wowed the spectators and judges with a combination of deadly frontside turns and aerial antics. As a result, Jackson took the heat win with a total of 14.83
‘I haven’t had too many good heats lately, so it felt good to kick off the event with a good score,’ said Jackson. ‘It definitely looked tough out there, but there were some fun waves if you found them. Fortunately there were a few pulses throughout the heat, which meant I could put a score on the board. It’s definitely an important event for me to do well in.’
Fresh off a win at the Be the Influence Surf Pro at Coffs Harbour two weeks ago, 2012 NSW State Junior Champ Jordan Lawler opted to pick off several small lefts to take the runner-up spot in his first heat and move straight through to the semifinals.
‘I have some really good boards at the moment and it obviously helped last week in the Pro Junior,’ said Jordan. ‘Everything is feeling good, but I’m just taking it heat by heat at the moment. It was actually hard to pick a good wave with that incoming tide. Hopefully I can find a few in my next heat.’
Jordan’s impressive form carried him through to the final of the Under-19 Boys All Stars final where he met up with an in-form Mark Merrikin, James McMorland and Harrison Martin. Despite moments of brilliance, Jordan was unable to stop a blistering Harrison Martin and James McMorland, who took first and second place respectively. Jordan had to settle for third position with Mark Merrikin in fourth.
Lennox Head’s Cali McDonagh stole the judge’s attention over the course of the Under-19 Girls All Stars, final locking in a respectable heat total of 11.60. Cali took the win from Tess Mawson, Holly Wawn and Coco Beeby, who finished in second, third and fourth respectively.
Zac Wightman made his mark on the Under-16 Boys All Stars final, executing a combination of technical manoeuvres to take an early lead. The Skennars Head goofy-footer claimed the win with fellow far north coast surfer Luke Condon finishing runner-up.
Billie Melinz continued to build on her earlier performances with an impressive run through the final of the Under-16 Girls All Stars. The south coast surfer took an early lead, which left fellow finalists chasing solid scores to usurp her from the top position. Kobie Enright finished in the runner-up spot with Alyssa Lock finishing in third and Paris Whittaker in fourth.
The finals of the MR Shield Teams event kicked off with surfers from six different regions representing their schools in two-man teams. The two-man team of Darcy Crump and Marlon Newling took the Under-16 Boys MR Shield for Barrenjoey High (Sydney region), while Macy Callaghan – who opted to surf the event solo – took the Under-16 Girls final for Terrigal High (Central Coast region). In the Under-19 Boys, the two-man team of James McMorland and Buddy Collins-Hanlon from St Francis Xavier (Newcastle region) claimed first place, while Alyssa Lock and Ashlee Spence took the MR Shield final for St Joseph’s Banora Point (far north coast region) in the Under-19 Girls.
2013 is the third year that Surfing NSW has combined the NSW School Surfing Titles into the event. The School Titles are set to occupy the first two days of the competition.
Live scores for the 2013 Ohana NSW Junior State Surfing Titles are available through Surfing NSW’s Facebook page.
U/19 Boys All Stars
1 – Harrison Martin (Cronulla – Sydney region)
2 – James McMorland (Caves Beach – Newcastle region)
3 – Jordan Lawler (Narrabeen – Sydney region)
4 – Mark Merrikin (Woolgoolga – north coast region)
U/19 Girls All Stars
1 – Cali McDonagh (Lennox Head – far north coast region)
2 – Tess Mawson (Manyana – south coast region)
3 – Holly Wawn (Newport – Sydney region)
4 – Coco Beeby (Scotts Head – north coast region)
U/16 Boys All Stars
1 – Zac Wightman (Skennars Head – far north coast region)
2 – Luke Condon (Lennox Head – far north coast region)
3 – Harley Ross-Webster (North Curl Curl – Sydney region)
4 – Luke Hamilton (Merewether – Newcastle region)
U/16 Girls All Stars
1 – Billie Melinz (Coalcliff – south coast region)
2 – Kobie Enright (Tweed Heads – far north coast region)
3 – Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads – far north coast region)
4 – Paris Whittaker (Caringbah – Sydney region)
Final U/16 Boys MR Shield
1 – Darcy Crump, Marlon Newling (Barrenjoey High – Sydney 2 region)
2 – Harley Ross-Webster, Alex Hayes (St Paul’s Manly – Sydney region)
Final U/16 Girls MR Shield
1 – Macy Callaghan (Terrigal High – central coast region)
2 – Rubie Reents, Skyla Rayner (Ulladulla High – south coast region)
Final U/19 Boys MR Shield
1 – James McMorland, Buddy Collins-Hanlon (St Francis Xavier – Newcastle region)
2 – Harrison Martin, Luke Thompson (Cronulla High – Sydney region)
Final U/19 Girls MR Shield
1 – Alyssa Lock, Ashlee Spence (St Joseph’s Banora Point – far north coast region)
2 – Tess Mawson, Chae Maloney (Ulladulla High – south coast region)