WAITPINGA/SOUTH AUSTRALIA(December 5th/2018): 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 3-4ft waves and offshore winds.

In the Under 18 Boys it was the inform Jamie Thompson (NSW) top-scoring with a 15.50 point heat total (out of a possible 20 points). He joins Harry Phillips (NSW), Xavier Huxtable (VIC) and Micah Margieson (NSW) in what should be an epic final.

The Girls Under 18 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.

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.

The Under 16 Girls semi-finals will run in the coming days along with Under 14 Girls and Boys finals from the quarters.

Upcoming Finals

Under 18 Boys Final

Jamie Thomson NSW

Xavier Huxtable VIC

Harry Phillips NSW

Micah Margieson NSW

Under 18 Girls Final

Arabella Wilson VIC

Holly Williams QLD

Molly Picklum NSW

Tru Starling NSW

Under 16 Boys Final

Joel Vaughan NSW

Mike Clayton-Brown NSW

Jai Glindeman NSW

Zeb Stokes QLD

With a joint National Titles encompassing Individual (Under 14, 16 and 18 age groups) and Australian School Surfing Association (Allstars and MR Shield) disciplines in both boys and girl’s divisions, the event is considered the benchmark of junior surfing in the country.

With past winners including World Champions Steph Gilmore, Chelsea Hedges, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Mark Richards, Tom Carroll and Damian Hardman, a win in this year’s event is a legitimate stepping stone to world stage glory.

The 2018 Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles are proudly supported by City of Victor Harbor, Woolworths, 2XP Sunscreen, Hydralyte Sports, Air Asia, Hyundai, Hurley, School Sport Australia, Sport Australia, Surfing South Australia, School Sport South Australia, Surfing Australia and mySURFtv.

Schedule:

The Surf Dive n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles features the Australian Junior Titles and the Australian School Surfing Titles. The key dates for the event are:

Sunday 2nd – Saturday 8th December, 2018:

Contest period for both the Australian Junior Titles and Australian School Surfing Titles (Competitors in all divisions are required to be in the Fleurieu Peninsula region for the duration of the contest period)

Tuesday 4th December – Saturday 8th December, 2018: Contest period for the Under 14’s Boys and Girls Australian Junior Titles divisions.

Venue(s): Competition is fully mobile in the Fleurieu Peninsula (See contest venues below)

Times: Competition is expected to commence each day at 7:30am and run through to approximately 4:00pm each day

Saturday 8th December, 2018: Event Presentation

Venue: On beach

Times: On beach following completion of all competition