PHILLIP Island’s Joe Van Dijk has taken out his second consecutive Play it Safe by the Water Junior Challenge at Bells Beach.
The powerful natural footer was on fire all day surfing multiple heats in both this event and the Premiers Active April Trials.
In a wave-starved final on Monday, Van Dijk was able to lock in a heat total of 12.27 ahead of Tane Bowden (Jan Juc) who placed in second on 11.26 points.
“I’m pretty happy. This is my last year I can compete in the event so it’s nice to win it again” said Van Dijk.
“I had surfed five times already today and was so tired in the final so I was lucky to get a couple of waves.”
Placing in third was Tully Wylie (Jan Juc) who finished on a heat total of 6.17; in fourth was Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads) on 2.67 points.
The Play it Safe by the Water Junior challenge aims to increase awareness of the risks of drowning amongst males.
It also aims to empower surfers to help rescue swimmers who may be in trouble.
“Where I am from can be quite dangerous and I have had to rescue some swimmers who get caught in rips,” said Van Dijk.