Landen Smales in winning action over the weekend. Surfing Queensland/ Ben Stagg
Landen Smales in winning action over the weekend. Surfing Queensland/ Ben Stagg

Junior stars Smales, Taylor eye state surf titles

Coolum Beach’s punchy metre swell was just the sort of home swell advantage Noosa’s Landen Smales was looking for as competitive surfing came out of the COVID-19 closet at the weekend.

The consistent Smales beat all comers in the under 14 division of the opening round of the Woolworths State Grommet Surfing Titles.

Smales out-surfed Rico Haybittle of Burleigh Heads, Hunter Andersson of Moffat Beach and Isaac Markwell of Sunrise Beach, impressing the judge with a high score of 8.17 combined with 6.17 for a heat total of 14.34.

“I’m pretty happy to get the win today,” Smales said.

“I’m looking forward to the second event on the Gold Coast.”

Pipi Taylor in top form: Photos Ben Stagg/Surfing Queensland
Pipi Taylor in top form: Photos Ben Stagg/Surfing Queensland

Reigning Queensland state champion in the under 14 girls division, Jordy Halford of the Gold Coast, nailed the first leg of the series defeating Stella Green of Buddina, Stella Scudamore of Peregian Beach and Sarah Young of Maroochydore in the final.

“I’m stoked to win the Sunshine Coast leg,” she said.

“Hopefully I can go back-to-back on the Goldie and win another state title.”

Peregian Beach’s Pipi Taylor and Hunter Andersson of Moffat Beach drew first blood in the under 12 title race on Sunday with the venue switched to Ann Street reef on the Sunshine Coast in clean half-metre waves.

Following in the footsteps of her elder sister Oli in 2019, Taylor won an exciting final defeating Laney Stokes of Buddina, Roxanne Cameron of Reedy Creek and Kauri Heuston-Conner of Reedy Creek, scoring a 5.5 (out of a possible 10) combined with a 4.37 for a heat total of 9.87 (out of a possible 20).

Well down Landen Smales. Photo: Surfing Queensland, Ben Stagg
Well down Landen Smales. Photo: Surfing Queensland, Ben Stagg

“That was really fun,” Taylor said.

“All the girls were surfing really well so it pushed me to surf better too.”

Hunter Andersson of Moffat Beach won the under 12 boys division, defeating Lucas Deffenti of Miami, Caden Francis of Palm Beach and Hayden Danswan of Peregian Springs.

Andersson scored an impressive 7.83 combined with a 6.83 for a heat total of 14.66 to claim victory.

“This was a great comp,” Andersson said.

“All the boys really put on a show in the final, that was a lot of fun.”

Competitors will now head to the Gold Coast on August 9, and their results from the two events added together will determine the overall series winners.


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