Margaret River / WA - (7th February, 2016): The wave-rich Margaret River region of Western Australia provided the perfect setting for the second event of the Subway® Surf Series, with Mia McCarthy (Margaret River, WA) claiming victory at the World Surf League (WSL) sanctioned Pro Junior event for competitors aged 18 years and under.
With a total prize pool of $7,000 and valuable WSL ratings points on offer, a stellar field of surfers came from far and wide, representing four different nations including Indonesia, New Zealand, Japan and Australia.
An action packed one-day format saw competitors battle true ‘wild west’ conditions, as a building swell and strong afternoon winds made for close finishes and exciting performances across the board.
Mia McCarthy (Margaret River, WA), used her local knowledge to perfection, taking the biggest win of her young career thus far.
McCarthy posted scored a heat high 7.75 (from a possible 10) and backed it up with a 6.25 to finish on a combined total of 14.00 (from a possible 20).
“I’m feeling on top of the world right now,” said McCarthy. “I was getting smashed at the start of the heat, I got that one good wave and that was it.”
Vittoria Farmer (Sunshine Coast, QLD), surfed great all day to post her consecutive second place finish at the Subway® Surf Series. Farmer finished ahead of Lucy Callister (Sunshine Coast, QLD), and Bailee Hastie (Gracetwon, WA).
Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks was complimentary of everyone who attended today’s competition at one of the Margaret River’s best high performance locations.
“It was great to see such a high standard from surfers from right across the Australasian region,” said Majeks. “Congratulations to all our winners, especially our local talent who really stepped it up on home turf.”
The WSL sanctioned Subway® Pro Junior events, next heads in NSW with Avoca set to play host to the third event of the 2016 series. The Subway® Surf Series form part of the 2016 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), providing the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title, at the WSL World Junior Championships in early 2017.
The Subway® Surf Series is proudly supported by WSL, Surfing Australia and Billabong.
FINAL RESULTS. SUBWAY® SURF SERIES MARGARET RIVER, WA.
18 & UNDER GIRLS:
1st - Mia McCarthy (Margaret River, WA) – 14.00pts
2nd - Vittoria Farmer (Sunshine Coast, QLD) – 11.40pts
3rd - Lucy Callister (Sunshine Coast, QLD) – 7.95pts
4th - Bailee Hastie (Gracetown, WA) – 4.15pts
SUBWAY® SURF SERIES EVENT CALENDAR – 2015/16:
SUBWAY® PRO JUNIORS
Gold Coast, QLD – January 19-20, 2016
Margaret River, WA – February 6, 2016
Avoca, NSW – February 13-14, 2016
Philip Island, VIC – March 5-6, 2016
Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – March 19-20, 2016
Kiama, NSW – April 9-10, 2016
Cronulla, NSW – April 30 – 1st May, 2016
Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com