Culburra Beach to host country’s top junior surfers

South Coast product Luke Wrice. Photo: Blainey Woodham/Surfing Australia
South Coast product Luke Wrice. Photo: Blainey Woodham/Surfing Australia

AUSTRALIA’S best junior surfers are preparing to head to Culburra Beach for the prestigious 2017 Surf Dive ‘N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles.

Culburra Beach's ability to pull in swell and its variety of waves should make for a memorable week of high level junior competition when the event gets underway from November 25.

The region has produced some serious talent with the likes of Tyler, Owen and Mikey Wright and the Watson brothers calling Culburra Beach home.

“At Surf Dive ‘n Ski we believe in developing the future of surf by supporting grass roots events for junior athletes," said Surf Dive ‘n Ski general manager David Keay.

“We are stoked to remain the Australian Junior Surfing Title’s naming rights sponsor, continuing our investment in this country’s upcoming talent.”

Surfing Australia, Surfing NSW and Shoalhaven City Council have aligned with The NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW to bring the renowned junior event to the idyllic region.

“Shoalhaven City Council welcomes Surfing NSW to the Shoalhaven, we are proud to host the Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Titles and look forward to working on more surfing events in the near future,” Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findlay said. 

“The event is expected to contribute over $600,000 to the local economy and it complements our unspoilt brand and the recent surfing campaign run by Shoalhaven Tourism.”

Six states are represented at the titles across under 14, 16 and 18 age groups in both boys and girl’s divisions at the event that is considered the benchmark of junior surfing in the country.

The Australian School Surfing Association Titles will be part of the event again in 2017.

With past winners including World Champions Steph Gilmore, Chelsea Hedges, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Mark Richards, Tom Carroll and Damian Hardman, a win in this year’s event is a legitimate stepping stone to world stage glory.

The 2017 Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles will commence with an opening ceremony on Saturday, November 25 before surfing starts on Sunday, November 26 and runs through to Saturday, December 2. 

To follow the event visit www.australianjuniorsurfingtitles.com