BASS Coast surfers filled the top placings after the final round of the Victorian Junior Titles held in clean 3-4ft conditions at Jan Juc beach at the weekend.
The level was at an unbelievable standard as surfers put forward their best efforts to end the 2018 Victorian events on a good note.
The premier under 18 Boys division saw Taj Sleeman (Cape Paterson) come away with a strong win in the perfect Jan Juc conditions.
After taking out Round 1 at Gunnamatta, Sleeman completed his Under 18 title defence.
In his last Victorian Junior event, Sleeman was on fire posting a 8.67 point ride, slashing his way through the Jan Juc walls.
“Super stoked to take the win and get a second state title in a row. The boys were ripping and it was great to surf some pumping waves.
“Seeing this is my last junior year, I’m very excited to get the win in my last competition.
“This will be my second year at Aussies (Australian Titles) and hopefully I can get a good result in South Australia.”
Coming in second was Chad Garrett (Cape Woolamai) with Jackson Kay (Jan Juc) and Cooper Downes (Jan Juc) coming in third and fourth.
In the under 18 Girls division Lannia Fostin (Cape Woolamai) was far too strong for her fellow competitors.
By putting up a 7.00 ride in the final, Fostin left her fellow competitors behind as he took a strangle-hold of the final.
“I’m stoked to take out the state title and win it in my last year.
“This will be my third time at Aussies (Australian Titles) so I am super excited to represent the Victorian team. I hope we can get some good waves and I can continue the good form.”
Coming in second was Bella Wilson (Jan Juc) with Angela Ball (Jan Juc) and Daisy Corbett (Cape Woolamai) finishing third and fourth respectively.
With Codie Jeffrey (Newhaven) already having the state championship sown up before the contest, the under 16 Boys still remained a hotly contested division with high scores being posted all across the board in every heat.
However, Zeph Lamperd (Barwon Heads) with a last gasp wave (8.17-point ride) was able to get the nod over Bohdie Williams (Ocean Grove) who finished second whilst Ethan Huxtable (Jan Juc) finished in third followed by Cody Major (Bellbrae) who finished in fourth gallantly.
Codie Jeffrey (Newhaven) took out the state title, with Lamperd’s strong performance elevating him into the runner up position in the state title results.
The under 16 Girls division hit the water for the first time on Sunday afternoon for their straight final and it didn’t disappoint.
The final was as a ripper from start to finish with all surfers getting their fair share of opportunity.
But it was Poppy Corbett (Phillip Island) who was victorious as she left the field in her wake.
Coming in second was Jazz Wylie (Jan Juc), followed by Lucy Naylor (Point Lonsdale), Sage Goldsbury (Cape Woolamai) and Minnie Vorrath (Point Lonsdale) who rounded out third, fourth and fifth respectively.
With her win at Jan Juc, Corbett took out the state title as Goldsbury finished runner up.
Local surfers dominate state junior titles