Quiksilver State Junior Titles - Victoria

6 May 2008 0 Share

Todd Rosewell will have determination and local knowledge on his side heading into the final event of the series

Todd Rosewell will have determination and local knowledge on his side heading into the final event of the series

A battle royal is looming in the quest for the 2008 Quiksilver State Junior Titles with Phillip Island's Mitch Baker and Jan Juc's Todd Rosewall locked in a tie as they head into the third and final round of the blue-ribbon U/18s Boys division at Jan Juc this weekend.

Courtesy of wins Gunnamatta (16-17 Feb) and Phillip Island (11-13 Apr), respectively, both Baker and Rosewall sit on 1860 points and are assured of selection into the Victorian team that will travel to the Quiksilver Australian Junior Titles scheduled for Margaret River, WA in December.

The immediate goal of claiming the prestigious State Title is undecided, however, both surfers will be putting it all on the line in whatever conditions at the infamous Jan Juc soup-bowl which can serve up a nice peak.

"Jan Juc is my local break and there is always a right peeling wave and the odd left when the tide is pushing in. The wave can get tricky depending on the tide and you always need to factor in the other competitors who will be scrambling for the best waves.

Mitch (Baker,Phillip Island) is on equal points so it will be close. But I am feeling really good about this final event having the right boards. It is the last event for me in this age group. To go out on a title win would be a fantastic way to finish" Rosewall said .

The greatest threats to both Baker and Rosewall has come out of the Phillip Island round which witnessed the emergence of a number of challenges from Elliot Mann (Torquay) on 1230 points, Johnno Spitteri (Jan Juc) 1120 points and Hayden Forrest (Point Leo) with 1110 points. On top of previous high performers, Leewan Allison (Mallacotta) 1225 and Adam Rawson (Jan Juc) on 1218 points are all in contention to improve upon their position.

Surfing Victoria Senior Coach and commentator Ross Slaven has been keenly observing the level of competition and local surf conditions.

"The surfing has been fantastic across all rounds and the understanding of rips plus dealing with big waves has impressed me in both the guys and girls.

Jan Juc doesn't have the rips that occur along beaches such as Gunnamatta but the real challenge will be on wave selection and maximising your scoring potentia." Said Slaven.

In the U/18 girls Jess Liang (Phillip Island) and Georgia Fish (Flinders) have1860 points and will be equally determined and inspiring in their surfing performances to hold off Sophie Collins (Mornington) and Mollie Kenwood (13th Beach). Both girls share equal rating points on 1860.Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island) and India Payne (Phillip Island) in the U/16 have consistently excelled in all rounds with rating points of 2000 and 1720 respectively.

The U/16 Boys ratings has Phillip Island surfer Tom Cole on 1670 points and Torquay surfer Harry Mann with1610 points. Both surfers have an event win under there belt. Jamie Powell (Torquay) sits on 1590 and Marcus Wright (Phillip Island) on 1360 are in good positions to seriously challenge the leaders.

The U/13 boys division has really grown in numbers and is the foundation for the rising stars of junior surfing sharing a friendly rivalry and all making their own mark in surfing.

The Victorian team selection process after completion of this third and final round on the Surf Coast will have given all junior surfers the opportunity to compete on three Victorian coasts to accumulate points for a final rating.

The top four rated surfers in U/18 boys and in U/16 Boys plus the top four in U/18 girls and two in the U/16 girls will be selected to represent Victoria at the Quiksilver Australian Junior Titles scheduled for the big wave area of Margaret River, West Australia in December.

The Quiksilver State Junior Titles series is a major stepping stone for all junior surfers who aspire to compete at the highest level in the World Championship Tour. This series of events is also proudly supported by "Play it Safe by The Water" and Vic Health.

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