MOLLYMOOK’S Sophia Fulton has taken top honours at the Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior following an action-packed day filled with high scores and tricky conditions.
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Surfing with a maturity beyond her years, Sophia Fulton saved one of her best performances to claim top honours in the women’s division.
Fulton executed a barrage of mammoth turns to finish the heat with an impressive 15.50 two-wave heat total and take the victory ahead of fellow event standouts Zahli Kelly (Queensland), Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach) and Shino Matsuda (Japan) who claimed second, third and fourth respectively.
“It was fun, but I got pretty lucky to get those few at the start that got me out in front for the rest of the final,” Fulton said.
“This is my first time surfing in Manly and it’s been a good weekend, especially when the sun was out.
"Pam Burridge is my coach, she grew surfing here so it’s good to have her experience and secrets to surfing North Steyne.”
Having not had a podium finish for roughly three-years, Caleb Tancred (Avoca) was able to get the monkey off his back by taking out the men’s division in the Key Sun Zinke Sydney Pro Junior.
Women: 1. Sophia Fulton (Mollymook) – 15.50, 2. Zahli Kelly (Queensland) – 14.70, 3. Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach) – 13.90 and 4. Shino Matsuda (Japan) – 8.90.
Men: 1. Caleb Tancred (Avoca) – 17.25, 2. Kyuss King (Byron Bay) – 14.95, 3. Callum Robson (Evans Head) – 14.05 and 4. Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads) – 11.55.
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