CROWNED AT THE HYDRALYTE SPORTS SHOALHAVEN PRO JUNIOR.
BEACH, SHOALHAVEN (Sunday, May 27, 2018): Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head,
NSW) and Kirra-Belle Olsson (Avoca, NSW) have taken top honours at the
inaugural Hydralyte Sports Shoalhaven Pro Junior, following a day of exciting
performances in punchy two-foot peaks.
After a relatively slow start to 2018, Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head, NSW)
was able to gain momentum through the rounds of the Hydralyte Sports Shoalhaven
Pro Junior, eventually taking the win. McDonagh found a handful of average
waves in the shifty lineup to notch up a 10.25 two-wave heat total and
take victory ahead of Chell.
I had such a shaky start to 2018 and honestly it wasnt what
I expected after having a good year last year, said McDonagh. I
came into 2018 wanting to do better and just had a bunch of bad losses.
When I came here to Culburra, I just didnt put any expectations
on myself at all and had a bit of a different approach. Now that Ive
got this win I definitely feel like my confidence has built and Im
ready for the final two juniors events of the year.
Setting the goal to only make it through the first round in each of the
Pro Junior events he entered in 2018, 14-year-old Lennox Chell (Avoca,
NSW) surpassed his own expectations in Culburra Beach, claiming a runner-up
finish. Chell caught an abundance of waves over the course of the final,
scratching into 14 waves, but was unable to find the necessary 6.75 to
take away McDonaghs lead. The Hydralyte Sports Shoalhaven Pro Junior
is Chells second final appearance from as many events. As a result,
Chell was awarded the AirAsia Wave Of The Day award.
I honestly cant believe I made a final, said Chell.
My goal in every Pro Junior was just to make it through one heat,
so no matter what the result is, Im just so happy to make the final.
Conditions changed a lot through the day and unfortunately I couldnt
buy a wave in the final, but either way Im just so happy.
Kirra-Belle Olssons (Avoca, NSW) dream of winning a Pro Junior came
true today when she took down a blisteringly in-form Zahli Kelly in the
Girls final. In what deteriorated into windswept peaks by finals time,
Olsson was able to execute a variety of giant turns to muster up a respectable
12.50 to claim her maiden Pro Junior win.
My goal for 2018 is to win the rankings [Junior Qualifying Series
(JQS) rankings] and I know I have a bit of work to do, but hopefully this
will help my confidence in the final three events of the year, said
Olsson. Zahli is a great competitor and shes always scary
to have in a heat. Even though shes only 14, she can do airs and
post big scores so I knew Id have to keep an eye out for her. Thankfully,
I have some great boards under my feet and I think that definitely helped
me a lot.
Zahli Kelly (Qld) continued to build on her three consecutive finals appearances,
taking out the runner-up spot. Kelly remained busy over the duration of
the final, catching 12 waves, however, she was unable to find the required
7.6 wave score to take away Olssons lead. Following the result,
Kelly will retain the top spot on the World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying
Series (JQS) rankings.
always a great feeling to make a final. This is my fourth Pro Junior event
that Ive done this year and Ive made four finals, so Im
stoked, said Kelly. I knew that if Kirra got any wave with
scoring potential then shed go crazy and potentially get an excellent
score, so I figured Id have to remain busy and hope for the best.
The elite three-day event ran from 25 27 May 2018 and featured
the best junior surfers from around the country as they attempted to seal
themselves a spot in the World Junior Championship.
The Hydralyte Sports Shoalhaven Pro Junior was proudly sponsored by Hydralyte
Sports, Shoalhaven City Council, Culburra Bowling Club, AirAsia, World
Surf League and Surfing NSW.
THANKS SURFING NSW