Victoria’s Phillip Island turned it on for the last day of competition at the 2016 Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles with Flynns Reef providing pumping 4-6ft surf and blue skies for six individual national titles to be won.
Victoria had a day to remember with three individual champions in Xavier Huxtable, Sage Goldsbury and last but not least, India Robinson, who was part of one of the great junior finals in recent history.
Robinson came from behind in the Under 18 Girls final to claim victory after posting a perfect ten on one wave that can only be described as a masterclass in rail surfing, two massive hooks highlighting the young Victorian’s grace and power.
West Australian pair Jack Thomas and Jamaica Selby claimed outstanding national title victories in the Under 18 Boys and Under 16 Girls divisions while young New South Wales surfer Joel Vaughan claimed his maiden national title with a win in the Under 14 Boys final.
2016 Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles – Individual National Champions:
Under 18 Boys Champion – Jack Thomas (Western Australia)
Under 18 Girls Champion – India Robinson (Victoria)
Under 16 Boys Champion – Xavier Huxtable (Victoria)
Under 16 Girls Champion – Jamaica Selby (Western Australia)
Under 14 Boys Champion – Joel Vaughan (New South Wales)
Under 14 Girls Champion – Sage Goldsbury (Victoria)
In the School Sports Australia divisions, champions were crowned in Under 19 Boys and Girls MR Shield and Under 16 Boys MR Shield as well as the School Surfing State Teams Trophy.
Six States are represented at the titles across Under 14, 16 and 18 age groups in both boys and girls divisions at the event that is considered the benchmark of junior surfing in the country. The School Sport Australia divisions are a part of the event again in 2016.
The 2016 Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles will determine the selection of all positions on the Australian Junior Surf Team for the 2017 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
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.
To follow the event visit www.australianjuniorsurfingtitles.com