Three Sunshine Coasters crowned state champs at the Woolworths QLD Junior Titles at Tallebudgera Beach
Published on 03/09/2021

The winners of the 2021 Woolworths Queensland Junior Titles – Event Two – were recently decided in clean, offshore conditions at Tallebudgera Beach on the Gold Coast.

The completion of the event also marks the end of the Woolworths Series, with the Queensland champions also decided.

The Under 16 Girls Division was narrowly won by Jordy Halford (CURRUMBIN WATERS) with a combined two wave score of 16.03 (out of a possible 20.00) beating Jahly Stokes (BUDDINA) (15.80), Riley Du Preez (CURRUMBIN WATERS) (7.64) and Jorja Foster (PACIFIC PARADISE) (4.46).

“I started surfing much better towards the end of the final as I grew in confidence,” said Halford. “I wanted to place in the top three at this event, so I’m pretty happy to have got the win.”

U16s winner Jordi Halford

The Under 16 Boys Division was taken out by Rico Haybittle (PALM BEACH) (13.20). He beat Tom Whitpaine (BURLEIGH HEADS) (11.67), Zyah Hession (COOLANGATTA) (10.66) and Jack Fisher-Neilens (BURLEIGH WATERS) (2.90).

“The waves were a lot of fun out there. I started to get a little nervous when the other boys got a few good waves, so it’s great to win,” Haybittle said.

U16s winner Rico Haybittle

The Under 18 Girls Division was won by Coco Cairns (TEWANTIN) (10.60). She overcame Charlotte Mulley (MERMAID WATERS) (9.80), Lilliana Bowrey (NOOSA HEADS) (8.96) and Layne Baldock (MARCOOLA) (6.77).

“The waves started to drop off a little in the final, so it made things more difficult,” Cairns said. “I’m so excited to have won both the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast events.”

U18s winner Coco Cairns

In the Under 18 Boys Division, Zeb Stokes (BUDDINA) (15.20) took the honours, beating Ty Richardson (PALM BEACH) (14.43), Ben Lorentson (NOOSA HEADS) (13.03) and Luke Brumby (ALEXANDRA HEADLAND) (6.27).

“I knew if I stuck to my strategy and surfed to my ability, I was a good chance of winning today. I’m really happy with the win,” Stokes said.

U18s winner Zeb Stokes

The Queensland champions over the two state title events are Jahly Stokes (BUDDINA) (U16 Girls), Rico Haybittle (PALM BEACH) (U16 Boys), Coco Cairns (TEWANTIN) and Zeb Stokes (BUDDINA).

Surfing Queensland would like to thank its partners Woolworths and QMS Media.

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