New Australian Junior Champions Crowned in Western Australia
(Top photo Tayla Hanak getting chaired up the beach by SMITH Surfing Aus)
After a week of amazing waves in Yallingup Western Australia results are in, the best female junior surfers were ripping apart some beautiful 2-6 foot waves in a spectacular showcase of their ever momentous shift in girls surfing.
It was fantastic to see some of the girls come out of the woodwork and score big points and take out entire divisions. Not even a shark scare could stop the girls energy and enthusiasm going into the finals.
For South Australia Tayla Hanak took the Under 18 girls division after putting life and limb on the line with her commitment to complete her ride over a rock platform. She certainly made her state proud, the natural footer managed to slam some big turns and carves and keep the crowd on their feet during her finals heat.
“I’m over the moon,” said Hanak. “After the first ten minutes of the heat, I thought I would come fourth overall, but I thought of Kelly Slater and how calm he always remains in situations like this and knew I had to do everything possible to get the score I needed to go to first. Having the whole South Aus team here cheering me on gave me the confidence I needed to get the result as well.”
Macy Callaghan remains unstoppable with her Under 16s division win and managed to claim back-to-back Aussie Titles this year, claiming the Under-16 Girls. The Central Coast natural-footer never looked like losing over the course of the entire event, constantly posting excellent scores for combinations of technically sound snaps and carves.
“This means so much to win this,” said Callaghan. “I’ve been doing lots of training with my coaches and I just came into this event trying to build on everything they taught me.”
Kirra-Belle Olsson’s textbook backside turns were her deadly weapon when overcoming her fellow finalists in the Under-14 Girls final. Olsson and Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW) both traded a series of excellent scores in an attempt to win the final, however Olsson was able to get the edge in the heat and she took the win with a heat total of 14.04 points.
The MR Shield saw a raft of exciting heats with NSW teams claiming the Under-16 Boys and Under-19 Girls, while WA claimed the Under-19 Boys.
Holly Wawn and Paris Whittaker (NSW, Sydney Distance Ed) and Joel Wood and Luke Wrice (NSW, Bulli High) all put on impressive performances in their Under-16 Boys and Under-19 Girls finals to guarantee the titles flew back to the east coast.
WELL DONE TO ALL THE GIRLS WHO TRAVELLED AND SURFED – SUCH A GREAT SHOW!
Final Results 2014 Australian Junior Titles
UNDER 18 GIRLS
- Tayla Hanak SA
- Sophie McCullough QLD
- Jalessa Vincent QLD
- Lizzie Stokely TAS
UNDER 16 GIRLS
- Macy Callaghan NSW
- Alysse Cooper NSW
- Amber Dodds QLD
- Ebony Wilson QLD
UNDER 14 GIRLS
- Kirra-Belle Olsson NSW
- Bodhi Leigh-Jones NSW
- Piper Harrison VIC
- Holly Williams QLD
GIRLS MARK RICHARDS SCHOOL SHIELD
- Holly Wawn and Paris Whittaker
- Ren Hashimoto and Kiani Dobbyn
GIRLS ALL STARS
- Macy Callaghan and Alysse Cooper NSW