The Aloha Manly Junior Teams event presented by Hurley got off to a flying start today with some of the country’s best junior surfers trading blows in fun and punchy two-foot surf at Manly Beach.
Manly surfers Winter Vincent (Queenscliff) and Saxon Reber (North Steyne) used their local knowledge to their advantage posting the two highest heat totals of the Under-18 Boys. Both surfers executed a handful of hard-hitting snaps and carves in their respective heats to claim victories with heat totals in excess of 15.00. As a result, both Vincent and Reber added the maximum amount of points for their boardriders clubs.
Xavier Bryce (Long Reef) got his local boardriders club cheering from the land as he nailed his 16 Boys heat. Bryce fought an exciting heat with Koda Killorn (Maroubra) and Joel Barry (North Shelly) that saw all surfers posting scores in the decent range. Bryce hit his peak when he was able to notch up an excellent 8.17 for a series of giant forehand hits that ultimately gave him the upper hand against his opposition.
Hughie Vaughan (North Shelly) showed why he was a multiple Australian Title holder nailing his 14 Boys heat. Vaughan surfed impeccably over the course of his heat, hammering an array of mammoth backside snaps that saw him rewarded with a 16.83 two-wave heat total and a win for his club.
Not to be outdone, Mannix Greentree-Squiers (Scarborough) shone in his 14 Boys exchange, notching up a 15.43 two-wave heat total. Squiers remained busy over the duration of his heat, catching ten waves and leaving his closest rivals needing two-wave totals to take away his lead.
With $10,000 in prize money, some of the country’s best junior talent – and the largest contingent of NSW grassroots board riding – is on show.
Each team consists of eight surfers: two x Under-12s; two x Under-14s; two x Under-16s; and two x Under-18s.
All surfers will get to surf one heat, with points allotted for individual heat placing, meaning the most consistent team over the two days will take home the title and the $5000 first prize.
The event that will run from the 6th – 8th October 2020, is the brainchild of the North Steyne Boardriders Club, who wants to provide junior surfers from around the state with a focal point during the tough COVID-19 period.
The contest is at the same venue as the Sydney Surf Pro and major sponsor Aloha Surf Manly is stoked to be a part of an event which will provide a major boost for the local economy.
The event will be broadcast live on the Surfing NSW Facebook page.
For the safety of yourself and others, the state government has put a number of rules in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We, as an event, must adhere to these restrictions and our event has been approved by providing COVID safe measures that we are implementing.
Northern Beaches Council asks that any attendees adhere to these measures including – not gathering in groups of more than 20 people, maintaining 1.5m social distancing and following Surfing NSW’s strict COVID event plan.
The event is proudly sponsored by Aloha Surf Manly, Hurley Australia, Open 4, Live Heats, Dolce Terra, Doctor V, Surfing NSW and the Hotel Steyne.