Victorian Juniors Promising To Make The Big Time

21 Feb 2016 0

Sage Goldsbury take on the bomb sets, Photo by Liam Robertson / Surfing Victori

Sage Goldsbury take on the bomb sets, Photo by Liam Robertson / Surfing Victori

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Phillip Island in Victoria hosted the second round of the Victorian Junior Series presented by HIF last weekend. The state's best under 18 surfers made their way to the island to surf in 3-4 foot conditions. 

Henry Hutchins from Barwon Heads and local Phillip Island girl, Shayla Paterson both claimed back-to-back wins in the Under 18 divisions in the challenging surf and now lead the series.

Hutchins was lucky to find a solid rhythm in the final to lock in a heat total of 13.60 points. Tully Wylie (Jan Juc) placed in second with a heat total of 12.86 points. “I’m stoked” said Hutchins. “All the boys were ripping so I am happy to get the win.” “I only just scraped through my semi-final, but I felt like I surfed a lot better in the final which I was happy with.” Placing in third and fourth was Josh Bracher (San Remo) and Gully Steelhead (St Andrews Beach)

It was hard for the under 18 girls finalists to find waves but there were enough on offer for Shayla Paterson to get the waves to win her second event. Placing in second was Sophie Fletcher (Phillip Island) on 7.80 points. Emma Walker (Ocean Grove) and Bonnie Mullins (Phillip Island) placed in third and fourth respectively.

Xavier Huxtable from Jan Juc, was one of the most impressive surfers across the weekend locking in the highest heat total of 18.73 and single excellent wave score of a perfect 10.  Huxtable has been a stand out Victorian junior surfer of the last couple of years and it's great to see him continue to go from strength-to-strength. 

Bella Wilson of Jan Juc also took victory as the girls under 16s in a close final against locals, Lannie Fostin, Lainie Paterson and Daisy Corbett.

Another promising young local, Codie Jeffery dominated his Under 14 Boys Final placing the rest of the field in a combination situation (requiring two bigger scores). Jeffery totalled a heat score of 18.34 to Max Burton’s heat total of 14.13 points. Placing in a close third was Ethan Huxtable with Patrick Hughes in fourth.

Bea Conroy of Point Lonsdale, took out her first every state title win in the Under 14 Girls division. Not far behind was Sage Goldsbury who had an excellent day of scores

The third and final round of the Victorian Junior Series will be held on the Surf Coast on the 16th and 17th of April 2016. The Victorian Junior Series is presented by HIF and supported by MODOM Surf, Coastalwatch, SmoothStar Skateboards, Play it Safe by the Water – Never surf alone and Cancer Council Sunscreen.

RESULTS

Under 18 Boys
1st Henry Hutchins
2nd Tully Wylie
3rd Josh Bracher
4th Gully Steelhead

Under 18 Girls
1st Shayla Paterson
2nd Sophie Fletcher
3rd Emma Walker
4th Bonnie Mullins

Under 16 Boys
1st Xavier Huxtable
2nd Cole Fox
3rd Jett Dickinson
4th Chad Garrett

Under 16 Girls
1st Bella Wilson
2nd Lannia Fostin
3rd Lainie Paterson
4th Daisy Corbett

Under 14 Boys
1st Cody Jeffery
2nd Max Burton
3rd Ethan Huxtable
4th Patrick Hughes

Under 14 Girls
1st Bea Conroy
2nd Sage Goldsbury
3rd Poppy Corbett
4th Ellie Harrison

Under 18s consecutive winner Henry Hutchins, Photo by Liam Robertson / Surfing Victoria

Under 18s consecutive winner Henry Hutchins, Photo by Liam Robertson / Surfing Victoria

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