Byron Bay surfer Joel Paxton was crowned the 2017 U/18 FNC Regional Junior champion last weekend.
The regional titles were held in good solid waves at Flatrock with the results deciding who will represent the FNC at the NSW Junior titles.
Paxton has had mixed form this year but seems to perform at his best in good surf conditions where his powerful surfing style fits best.
Kyuss King (Byron Bay) finished runner-up to Paxton and both will go to the state titles.
In the U/16 Boys Hunter Weston (Lennox Head) was the winner and Beau Glinderman (Lennox Head) was equal fifth, both go to state.
Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head) won the U/16 Girls with Kobi Curtis (Lennox Head) runner-up and both go to state. In the U/12 Girls Ocea Curtis (Lennox Head) and Poppy Morrison (Lennox Head) came first and second respectively and both go to state.
Rasmus King (Byron Bay) won the U/14 Boys with Jai Glinderman (Lennox Head) and Jack O’Brien (Lennox Head) second and third respectively.
Touma Cameron (Byron Bay) and Duke Wrencher (Byron Bay) came fourth and fifth respectively along with a fifth from Masa Lieshman (Lennox Head). All progress to state in the U/14 Boys.
Harry O’Brien (Lennox Head) won the U/12 Boys with Keeenan Crisp (Lennox Head) in fourth; both go to state.
Wilco in top five
Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson finished with a semifinal result in clean two-metre conditions at Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The result has bumped him up four spots into the top five and back into World Title contention.
‘Wilco’ got off to a slow start in round one and also had narrow wins right through to the quarterfinals when he then came up against good friend Owen Wright and that’s when he kicked into some of his best form of the year with some excellent high speed critical surfing that secured him the top two waves of the heat.
Up against Adrian Buchan in the semi, Wilkinson couldn’t reproduce the same level of surfing and Buchan took a decisive win.