Great Effort From WA Surfers At The Quiksilver Junior Titles

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Shaun Howe (Kalbarri) Surfed Amazingly Placing 4th In The Blue Ribbon U/18's Boys Final

Shaun Howe (Kalbarri) Surfed Amazingly Placing 4th In The Blue Ribbon U/18's Boys Final

Pelicity Palmnateer (Hillarys) Proved Her Worth Placing 4th In The U/16 Girls Final

Pelicity Palmnateer (Hillarys) Proved Her Worth Placing 4th In The U/16 Girls Final

Matt Baldock (Margaret River) Surfed Amazingly In The Quiksilver National Titles In SA

Matt Baldock (Margaret River) Surfed Amazingly In The Quiksilver National Titles In SA

Quiksilver Australian Junior Titles presented by Samsung
Victor Harbor, South Australia
December 2nd – 8th, 2007

Full Team Lists and Results available at:

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National Surfing Champions Crowned at Quiksilver Australian Junior Titles. Sydney surfer Laura Enever scores Perfect 10!Owen Wright wins U/18 Boys.

Saturday, 8th December, 2007: Current world ranked number one surfers Mick Fanning (Coolangatta, Qld) and Stephanie Gilmore (Kingscliff, NSW) cut their teeth at the Quiksilver Australian Junior Titles, and now the event has crowned four new champions following the completion of the 44th annual event that climaxed in excellent two-metre waves at Middleton Beach in South Australia.

Australia’s ultimate U/18’s surfing contest saw around 150 surfers from all states contest the week-long event which also offers national titles in six Schools Divisions.

Blue-ribbon favourite Owen Wright (Culburra, NSW) carved, slashed and boosted his name into the record books with his U/18’s Quiksilver Australian title win over Chris Friend (Maroochydore, Qld), Sam Wrench (Ulladulla, NSW) and Shaun Howe (Kalbarri, WA).

The former U/16 Australian Champion and ISA World Champion marked himself as the man to beat from the moment his feet touched his surfboard wax a week ago.

Wright waited nearly 10 minutes for his first wave in the final, but it was worth it. The flashy goofy-foot scored 8.67 out of a possible 10 points - the highest individual wave score of the final.

From there, not even the building two-metre swell could halt his momentum.

Wright’s stunning victory included a disappearing act that shocked onlookers. The 17 year-old was swallowed whole by a wave when he slipped from his board. But somehow he managed to hang on, recover and continue surfing.

“I was a bit nervous before I went out. Then I opened with an 8.5 or something, I was pretty stoked with that, then I paddled back out and there was this bowling inside one and I took off, and I fell on my very first turn, just complete nerves,” recalled Wright.

“So I managed to just grab the very tail of my board, I stretched out and grabbed it and pulled it back under me – because it was a perfect wave - and I ended up getting a 7.5 on it. From there I sorta felt like I had the final, even though Friendy and Wrenchy can pull anything out of the bag… ”

“It tops off a good year for me; I’m stoked to win the U/18s. It definitely goes up there among my top results. First place guarantees me a spot in the world’s. It’s been a goal for me to just represent Australia again.”

Sydney starlet Laura Enever (Narrabeen, NSW) continued to shine. The petite wave-slayer from North Narrabeen can now boast of back-to-back Quiksilver Australian Junior Title wins. The 16 year-old headed into South Australia as the U/16’s national champion and left with the U/18’s crown.

Enever was clearly a cut above the field, smashing her opponents when it counted most - with a perfect 10-point ride in the final – looking supremely comfortable on a wave that resembled her home break.

“That wave (the 10 point ride) just kept going and going!” beamed Enever.

“I thought I’m just going to ride this thing as far as I can. So I kept going and going. I just frothed out on it, I did like a million turns.

“I’m just stoked to get a 10 in the final, but I know how well the other girls surf and I knew they could do anything. Even with eight minutes left, I knew any of the other girls could still maybe get two waves. So I just kept trying until it was over,” said Enever.

“Before I went out there, I just wanted to show everyone how well I could surf. I’m pretty stoked!”

Surfing prodigy Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island) is also deserving of recognition. The youngest surfer to ever represent Victoria in the U/18 Girls impressed all as she consistently defeated

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