vandijkPhillip Island’s Joe Van Dijk in action at the Play it Safe by the Water Junior Challenge event at Bells Beach over the weekend.
Photo courtesy Elley Harrison.

PHILLIP Island’s Joe Van Dijk has taken out the Play it Safe by the Water Junior Challenge event in great waves at Bells Beach over the Easter weekend.
Only moments after winning the Trials, Van Dijk was back in the water showcasing his mix of power and innovative manoeuvres.
Van Dijk finished on a heat total of 15.50 points with Tully Wylie (Jan Juc) in second on 13.10 points.
Fellow trials surfer Cody Robinson (Jan Juc) placed in third on 12.30 points whilst Tane Bowden (Jan Juc) placed fourth on 12.23
“The waves were so fun out there. It was awesome I got to surf so many heats out there but I am so tired now,” said Van Dijk.
“I have gotten second at this event before, so it was nice to be able to get a win.”
In its 16th year, the Play it Safe by the Water Junior Challenge is a critical part of the Surfing Victoria high performance pathway and ensures the top Victorian juniors have essential experience at
the break.
The event helps promote water safety messaging to the broader community urging people to take care around Victorian waterways.
The Play it Safe by the Water Junior Challenge is presented by Play it Safe by the Water Don’t Drink and Drown and Surfing Victoria.