PHILLIP Island surfers have proven themselves on the big stage, with Shayla Patterson, Codie Jeffrey and Sage Goldsbury crowned Victorian Junior Champions at the final round of the Victorian Junior Series.
The opening day of the West Coast Junior Titles was greeted with poor, small conditions at Jan Juc, battered by a stiff onshore wind.
Competitors who fought through into the final day of the competition on Sunday were met with vastly different conditions, with a big and powerful groundswell offering challenging and powerful left and right breaking waves.
The Under 18 Girls Victorian Title was a done deal prior to the event, with Phillip Island’s Shayla Paterson securing the crown with wins at the opening two events of the series.
Paterson was unfortunately sidelined from competition at Jan Juc, recently having undergone a knee reconstruction after an incident training for the Victorian Junior Series.
With Paterson watching from the cliffs in a wheelchair, talented Pro Junior standout India Robinson (Jan Juc) marched to victory.
Robinson, who secured the event’s only perfect 10 point ride in the semi finals, locked in an 8.07 late in the final to take the win.
Second place was Sophie Fletcher (Phillip Island), third went to Bonnie Mullins (Phillip Island).
Jan Juc’s Izzi Rudland rounded out the final in fourth place.
The Under 14 Boys division saw Codie Jeffery (Phillip Island) complete a clean sweep of the series, securing his third win in the 2016 season.
Spencer Kay (Jan Juc) narrowly edged out Max Burton (Mornington Peninsula) for second place, with Patrick Hughes (Jan Juc) in fourth.
Arguably the most exciting division of the weekend was the Under 14 Girls, with five girls mathematically a chance to win the Victorian Title.
Ratings leader Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads) was forced to watch the final from the sidelines, after an early round loss.
The final was tense and low scoring in the tough conditions.
Eventually Phillip Island’s Sage Goldsbury took charge with a 4.67 ride and the event win.
Goldsbury has been on a rampage in 2016, winning the Phillip Island leg of the Victorian Open Series, before her win at the West Coast Junior Titles catapulted her up Under 14 Girls ratings and saw her declared the Under14 Girls Victorian Champion.
Goldsbury was elated with her win.
“I can’t wait for the Australian Titles this year,” she said.
“It’s at my home beach; I am really looking to representing Victoria”.
The Under 16 Girls final round saw an upset result, with 2016 Under 16 Girls Victorian Champion Bella Wilson (Jan Juc) defeated by Lannia Fostin (Phillip Island) in the final.
Angela Ball (Torquay) placed second, with Wilson third and Mia Goldsbury (Phillip Island) placing fourth.
Island’s surfing state champions