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Clean early morning swell brought solid one metre waves to the first day of the Ocean & Earth International Teenage Rampage Finals at North Cronulla.
Early on throughout the contest spectators were treated to some outstanding surfing performances by South coast sensation Marc Williams (Broulee NSW), who won his heat despite being up against two favorites Mikey Wright (Lennox Head NSW) and Jackson Coffey (Crescent Head NSW).
Despite his first heat Mikey Wright managed to bag a perfect 10 from the judges later in the competition with the highest combined wave score of the day 17.33 at the International Teenage Rampage.
“Opening with a (7.55) was great but when I got the 10 I was ecstatic to get a perfect score on the board,” said Wright.
Local ace Jesse Horner (Cronulla, NSW) shone in his heat against International young gun Paul Moretti (New Zealand) but it was Jake Fissendon (Caloundra, QLD) who headed the race maintaining a dominant lead in this heat of the U16’s boys division.
U13’s boys division brought International flavor as Kanoa Ingarashi (California, USA) dominating his heat with an impressive display of the stylish surfing his home Huntington Beach is known for.
Ocean & Earths Phil MacDonald says the home of Igarashi (Huntington Beach) is one of his favorite breaks and is excited to see so many kids travelling from afar to be at the International Teenage Rampage Finals.
“Lots of kids have traveled from Queensland, Victoria, New Zealand, Hawaii and the United States, so it’s great to see them get more than one surf and have a few good heats under their belts over the weekend”.
Igarashi hails from the epi-centre of surfing in the United States and after dominating California for the last few years says he had a great time in Cronulla on the first day.
“The waves here are so much fun, it’s great we get to surf in three heats before the finals against all these awesome surfers, Ocean & Earth make it a great weekend of competing”.
In second behind Ingarashi was a gallant Sheldon Simkus (Tweed Heads NSW), who charged throughout his first heat but couldn’t pull off the upset against the International wildcard.
In the U16 girls an unstoppable Ellie-Jean Coffey (Crescent Head, NSW), once again rose above the rest with a combined score of 17.17 in her first heat pushing Cronulla local Veronica Charles into 3rd.
Attacking her heat with loads of confidence in the U16 girls was Kirstin Ogden (Suffolk Park NSW), with a series of smooth top to bottom turns almost doubling 2nd place score of Bridget McCulloch (Alexandra Headland QLD).
Not to be forgotten was the U13 girls where heats ran tight, but it was Queenslanders Sophie McCulloch (Alexandra Headland) and Lucy Callister (Noosaville) topping the leader board in their respective heats.
Global CEO of Ocean & Earth, Paul Munten, was on hand as the event kicked off and is excited at the prospect of being involved in unearthing and developing Australia’s future surfing champions.
“Our competition aim has always been to deliver an event that provides a solid pathway and support for young and upcoming surfers to head towards the elite level of the sport,” said Munten.
“The Teenage Rampage series is all about the kids and providing a competition format that is unique to any other. We want to give each competitor every opportunity to improve their contest surfing and the Teenage Rampage format achieves this,” said Munten.
The Ocean & Earth International Teenage Rampage event is held all over the world including countries such as France, Japan and New Zealand promoting growth and development in the junior surfing ranks.
For a full results of the Ocean & Earth International Teenage Rampage presented by Vodafone, go to the event website link at www.oceanearth.com.au for all heat scores, results, photo and video highlights and news.
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The Ocean & Earth International Teenage Rampage is presented by Vodafone and is proudly supported by Ocean and Earth, Sutherland Shire Council, Suncorp Bank, Dominelli Ford, Coastalwatch, Surfing World Magazine, Westfield Miranda, GE Cameras, Byrne Surfboards and Surfing NSW.
About Ocean & Earth
O&E Ocean & Earth has been at the pinnacle of the Australian and international surfing industry for over 25 years. Based in Sussex Inlet on the NSW south coast, Ocean Earth has become a recognisable leader in both surf and snow accessories and apparel in over 20 countries worldwide. Through its five year global expansion plan, Ocean & Earth plans to further accelerate its growth both in the domestic and international markets. Ocean & Earth is one of the few remaining independent surf and snow brands to survive in a market now dominated by public companies.
Renee` Miller, Surfing NSW,