Waitpinga Beach turned it on for the last day of the 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 Picklim were crowned champions of the Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles 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.
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.