WAITPINGA/SOUTH AUSTRALIA(December 7th/2018): Waitpinga Beach turned it on for the last day of the 2018 Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles in South Australia today. Organisers rolled the dice on holding off running the Under 18’s Finals and the gamble paid off this morning with 2-3ft offshore walls making the perfect canvas for some first class surfing.

New South Wales duo Micah Margieson and Molly Picklum were crowned Under 18 Boys and Girls Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Champions in clean head high left-hand waves in what were two hotly contested and highly entertaining finals.

In the boys final, Margieson got off to a quick start with a 6.50 point ride (out of a possible 10 points) in the first thirty seconds. He then waited until the last five minutes to put the nail in the coffin with one of the more memorable finishes to the division in years.

Wave selection was critical and young ‘Margo’  was first class, smashing a perfect set wave to pieces from the top to bottom of the bank, posting a near-perfect 9.65 point ride (out of a possible 10 points), sending the New South Wales team on the beach into raptures as he took the win.

Picklum’s surfing was of such a high standard in the Under 18 Girls Final she threw away an 8 point ride by the time the hooter rang. A single world-class backhand turn scoring her 8.25 points (out of a possible 10 points), putting an exclamation mark on just how good the North Shelly junior is.

All remaining School Sport Australia divisions were run and won in excellent conditions with full results available HERE –  www.australianjuniorsurfingtitles.com

New South Wales won overall team honours for the event whilst Molly Picklum and Hughie Vaughan won the Isabel Letham and Duke Kahanamoku Awards for best overall individual performances at the event. 

Under 18 Boys Final

  1. Micah Margieson 17.65 points
  2. Jamie Thomson 13.60 points
  3. Harry Phillips 11.40 points
  4. Xavier Huxtable 10.55 points

Under 18 Girls Final

  1. Molly Picklum 17.25 points
  2. Holly Williams 12.95 points
  3. Tru Starling 11.55 points
  4. Arabella Wilson 10.00 points

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.

The Surf Dive n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles features the Australian Junior Titles and the Australian School Surfing Titles.