Macaulay, Chapman take junior crowns at Surfest
West Australian Bronte Macaulay has won the junior women's competition in small, clean waves at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior 1-Star event at Merewether beach.
In a final played out in a light offshore wind fanning small but glassy conditions, Macaulay (16.25 out of a possible 20) defeated Holly Wawn (13.9 out of a possible 20) from Sydney's northern beaches.
Macaulay, a 20-year-old goofy-footer who hails from Gracetown around 20 kilometres north of Margaret River in Western Australia, was cheered on by friends and family including her coach, father and former professional surfer Dave Macaulay.
Despite the day's competition being plagued by constant drizzle, small waves and long delays, Macaulay stayed focused on the task at hand and remained determined to go one better than her previous performance at last week's Hurley Pro Junior in Sydney where she came second.
Macaulay was rewarded with a 9 (out of a possible 10) for that effort in the final. She also had the highest individual wave score of the entire competition - a 9.40 (out of a possible 10).
Macaulay said her next Pro Junior appearance is likely to be in New Zealand in June.
She will remain in Merewether for the moment, as she has a berth in the ASP 6-Star Hunter Ports Women's Classic which commenced at Merewether beach on Monday morning.
Meanwhile North Narrabeen's Cooper Chapman won the junior men's competition, also held at Merewether beach.
He defeated Matty King (AUS) (13.55) Kanoa Igarashi (USA) (11.65) and Jackson Giles (AUS) (8.35) in the four man final.
The last remaining local surfer Kurtis Herman, and form surfer of the event over the past two days, Leonardo Fioravanti, were both bundled in the quarter-finals.
Chapman's dominance in the final was stamped inside the first minute of the heat when he scored a 9.75 (out of a possible 10) and he followed that impressive effort with 7.25 just three minutes later.
The result was all but secured inside the first five minutes of the 25 minute heat.
"Just after the heat started there was a left bomb. I snapped a great turn and knew it'd score well in those conditions," he said.
Chapman said he was staying in Newcastle with a relative and was focused on this week's 6-Star Burton Toyota Pro which started yesterday at Merewether beach.
Picture: Bronte Macaulay took out the Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior women's event on Sunday. Photo: RedMonkey.