Seventeen-year-old Robson (13.10) chalked up the biggest win of his career to date when he won today�™s final after scraping past Jackson Roberts (12.55) (Bateau Bay, NSW), Te Kehukehu Butler (11.25) (NZ) and Kai Tandler (9.90) (Snapper Rocks, QLD) in a final held in one metre waves affected by a strong southerly that hit Newcastle just after 2PM.
Contestants were greeted early today by ideal conditions consisting of offshore winds and a solid swell. Those conditions provided right-handers that remained consistent through the morning�™s run out tide.
Powerful goofy footer Robson, who won the Rip Curl GromSearch on the Sunshine Coast in 2016 and made the Semifinals at last month�™s Hydralyte Sports Pro Junior at Bells Beach, said he was incredibly amped to come up trumps today.
�œConditions were so pumping all day and then it just got a bit messy in the semis and the final, but it was still fun waves out there,” Robson said. �œI just wanted to get one good score and then a backup straight away but I did it the other way round. It worked out for me in the end. It�™s a great boost for the next comp at Manly.”
Alyssa Lock was the standout junior women�™s surfer of this event. The 17-year-old, who will be in Newcastle again next weekend for the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle, said she was �œin a really good place with my surfing right now”. In the final , Alyssa (14.40) defeated Molly Picklum (12.40) (Shelly Beach, NSW), Kirra-Belle Olsson (11.10) (Copacabana, NSW) and Anna Dos Santos (9.30) (Dee Why, NSW).
�œIt�™s not my biggest win but it�™s definitely a confidence booster as my second Pro Junior win,” Lock said. �œI won last year in WA, but missed Bells last month because I was at a 6000 in Florida. I finished school last year and can concentrate on my surfing goals in 2018 and I�™m really looking forward to competing,” she said.
The next event in the World Surf League�™s Junior Qualifying Series event is the Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior from 24-25 February at Manly, NSW.
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