Glinderman and Leigh-Jones both take home titles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 July, 2017 - Jai Glinderman (Lennox Head) and Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon) have claimed coveted NSW titles after taking out the Under-14 division at the Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles.
Due to the second day of hazardous conditions, the competition shifted south to Malabar where competitors were greeted by two-foot lefthanders.
Jai Glinderman (Lennox Head) ensured a NSW Title would be heading north, claiming the Under-14 Boys division. The powerful natural-footer synced his game-plan perfectly with the punchy lefthanders, nailing a bombardment of impressive backside snaps to post a 15.5 two-wave heat total and take the final ahead of fellow north coast native Touma Cameron (Byron Bay). All finalists have qualified for the upcoming Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles, which takes place in Culburra on the NSW South Coast in November/December.
After posting impressive scores over the duration of the early rounds, Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon) hit her stride in the final, posting an 11.93 heat total. In the final where all girls caught seven waves, Leigh-Jones managed to get the better of the exchange, finding playful walls to perform stylish backhand hits and claim the win. All four finalists have qualified for the Australian Junior Surfing Titles.
The three-day event took place around Maroubra from the 21st – 23rd July, 2017.
Competitors in the Under-14 divisions surfed for a revered NSW Junior Title, with the Under-14 division given an allocated amount of positions for the Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles, which will take place in Culburra on the NSW South Coast in November/December.
The Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles were run concurrently with the Beachbreaks Festival, which saw a range of festival activations taking place over the course of Sunday, 23rd July.
2017 was the third year the Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles and the Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth have split into two different events, with the amendment designed to cater for the growing demand from younger competitor divisions.
In addition to the surfing, Havaianas also hosted beach games twice daily, a free mechanical surfboard and an Instagram competition, where one lucky person won a year’s supply of Havaianas.
All qualifiers for the Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles were determined by eight individual regional titles, which took place up and down the NSW coastline earlier in the year.
The 2017 Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles are supported by Havaianas, Randwick City Council, Toyota, HIF, Coastalwatch, Mothernest, Vissla, Storage King Eastgardens, Souths Juniors, Jayco Sydney, Ohana Ocean Athletics and Surfing NSW.
1 – Jai Glinderman (Lennox Head)
2 – Touma Cameron (Byron Bay)
3 – Jarvis Earle (Cronulla)
4 – Kalani Van Der Polder (Cronulla)
1 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon)
2 – Charlize Everitt (Boomerang Beach)
3 – Gabi Spake (Collaroy)
4 – Oceanna Rogers (Shell Cove)