Australia’s best junior surfers will head to Shoalhaven in 2017 as part of the prestigious Surf Dive ‘N Ski Australian Junior Titles.
Surfing NSW, Surfing Australia and Shoalhaven City Council have aligned with The NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW to bring the renowned junior event to the idyllic region.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said, “We are excited to be hosting the Australian Junior Surfing Championships in the Shoalhaven and at beautiful Culburra Beach, Jervis Bay. We wish all the contestants well and hope their families and support crews enjoy what our City has to offer.”
Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden is looking forward to bringing the illustrious junior titles to a region that has already spawned countless champions.
“The Shoalhaven region has long been considered one of the jewels of the NSW South Coast and over the years has spawned the likes of Owen, Mikey and Tyler Wright as well as Jordi and Ty Watson. It’s a great privilege to be able to bring an event of this caliber to the region and showcase it to competitors from all around Australia.”
Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock, said the event would be a fantastic boost to the Shoalhaven.
“The South Coast is one of Australia’s best surfing regions, and it’s great to see the Australian Junior Titles coming to Culburra Beach next year. It’s a big win for local restaurants, cafes and businesses, with hundreds of visitors set to travel to the area.”
Six states are represented at the titles across Under 14, 16 and 18 age groups in both boys and girls divisions at the event that is considered the benchmark of junior surfing in the country. The Australian School Surfing Association Titles will be part of the event again in 2017.
The 2017 Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles will determine the selection of all positions on the Australian Junior Surf Team for the 2018 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
With past winners including World Champions Steph Gilmore, Chelsea Hedges, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Mark Richards, Tom Carroll and Damian Hardman, a win in this year’s event is a legitimate stepping stone to world stage glory.