subway series kicks off in style


subway series kicks off in style


Newcastle’s Jackson Baker finished fourth in the u18 final – PIC. Ethan Smith

CURL CURL BEACH, SYDNEY (Sunday, 14 September 2014): The first Subway® Summer Surf Series is done and dusted, with four new champions being crowned in the Under-16 and Under-18 Boys and Girls divisions. Competitors in the aforementioned divisions battled it out in clean one-foot peaks at North Curl Curl, in an attempt to claim the maiden title and take the top spot on the dais. Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) added another title to her overflowing mantelpiece when she claimed the Under-16 Girls final with a solid 15.5 heat total (out of a possible 20 points). After posting the highest heat score of the event in her round one heat (18.94), the talented natural footer continued to build momentum right up until the dying minutes of the final when she took down Billie Melinz (Coalcliff, NSW) who finished in the runner-up spot. “This is such a good feeling,” said Callaghan. “I’ve been super excited for this series to begin, and to finish with a win feels amazing. All the girls were surfing so well over the course of the event, so I’m pretty stoked to get a win over them.” Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW) fought a tight battle with Ben Hucker (Long Jetty, NSW) to take out the Under-16 Boys final. Despite locking in a single 8.67 wave score (out of a possible ten points), Hucker failed to find an all-important backup score and was forced to pass the win to Wrice who posted a 5.17 and a 7.17. “I just wanted to get busy early in the heat and then just wait for another backup score,” said Wrice. “I had to keep my eyes on Ben Hucker as I knew he caught the highest wave score of the heat and if he got a backup then he could have got the win. This event has been great and I can’t wait to go in the Kiama leg of the series.” Holly Wawn (Newport, NSW) came from behind to take out the Under-18 Girls from an in-form Kirra-Belle Olsson (Copacabana, NSW). Wawn was able to perform a series of powerful turns to post two scores in the six-point range, however Olsson managed to remain within striking distance as a result of her posting an 8.33 wave score early in the heat. However, much like the Under-16 Boys, Olsson failed to find a substantial backup score to take the win from Wawn. “I’m pretty stoked to get that win, especially because the waves were tricky,” said Wawn. “I actually did some training with Kirra on Friday, so I knew how good she can surf in little righthanders. I knew I’d have to catch whatever I could as the conditions were pretty slow. I’m happy the plan worked.” Jared Hickel (Caringbah, NSW) used his razor sharp backhand whacks to take out the win in the Under-18 Boys. Hickel’s efforts in the final left his closest rival, Kai Warner (Narrabeen, NSW) chasing a 9.67 wave score to take the lead. Despite locking in a series of respectable scores, Warner had to settle for second position, while local surfer Harley Ross-Webster (North Curl Curl, NSW) claimed third and Jackson Baker (Merewether, NSW) claimed fourth. Ironically, Hickel is currently employed by Subway in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire. “It was nice to get a few waves in a pretty slow lineup,” said Hickel. “I knew I’d have to wait for a decent waves and I managed to find a few. I’ve been trying to compete as much as possible lately and thankfully I’ve got a few decent results this year. I definitely want to take this award into work and ask for a raise now (laughs).” As winners of the Under-18 division, both Wawn and Hickel have won an invite to attend a three-day Subway® Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina. The main base for event one of the Subway® Summer Surf Series was Dee Why, with back-up locations of Curl Curl, Long Reef and Collaroy. Organised by Surfing Australia and proudly supported by Billabong, the 13-event series will be held around Australia this summer showcasing the country’s best male and female surfers in the under 16 and 18 age divisions.  Each event is expected to attract as many as 100 surfers vying for the top honour. The new series was created to fill a competition void which exists at a crucial point in the development of Australia’s leading junior surfers.  It represents an important link in the ‘pathway to the podium’ developed by Surfing Australia, with surfers now able to progress from the VEGEMITE SurfGroms program, onto the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps, into the Subway® Summer Surf Series, followed by the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle. The Subway® Summer Surf Series will help young Australians continue to develop their passion for surfing, whether it be professionally or recreationally and carry on to enjoy a lifetime of surfing. Ambassadors for the Subway® Summer Surf Series are ASP World Tour competitor and 2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson and leading ASP World Tour female competitor Laura Enever. The male and female winners from the U/18 divisions of each event in the series will be invited to attend a three-day Subway® Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina. The camp, conducted by Australia’s leading surf coaches, aims to provide participants with the assistance and training they need to make the transition from surfer to professional athlete. The Subway Summer Surf Series is proudly supported by Billabong, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW. #subwaysummersurfseries


Newport’s Holly Wawn dominated the u18 girls final. PIC. Ethan Smith

RESULTS: Under-18 Boys 1 – Jared Hickle (Cronulla, NSW) 2 – Kai Warner (Narrabeen, NSW) 3 – Harley Ross-Webster (North Curl Curl, NSW) 4 – Jackson Baker (Merewether, NSW) Under-18 Girls 1 – Holly Wawn (Newport, NSW) 2 – Kirra Belle-Olsson (Copacabana, NSW) 3 – Paris Whittaker (Caringbah, NSW) 4 – Danielle Hancock (Nords Wharf, NSW) Under-16 Boys 1 – Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW) 2 – Ben Hucker (Long Jetty, NSW) 3 – Samson Coulter (Balgowlah, NSW) 4 – Max McGuigan (Chifley, NSW) Under-16 Girls 1 – Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) 2 – Billie Melinz (Coalcliff, NSW) 3 – Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff, NSW) 4 – Sienna Coulter (Balgowlah, NSW) SUBWAY® SUMMER SURF SERIES EVENT CALENDAR – 2014/15: EVENT 1 – Dee Why, NSW – September 13 – 14, 2014 EVENT 2 – Newcastle Beach, NSW – September 27 – 28, 2014                 EVENT 3 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – October 25 – 26, 2014 EVENT 4 – Torquay, VIC – November 1 – 2, 2014 EVENT 5 – Kiama, NSW – November 22 – 23, 2014 EVENT 6 – Clifton, TAS – December 13, 2014 EVENT 7 – Gold Coast, QLD – January 3 – 4, 2015 EVENT 8 – Phillip Island, VIC – January 17 -18, 2015 EVENT 9 – Margaret River, WA – January 31 – February 1, 2015 EVENT 10 – Victor Harbor, SA – February 14 – 15, 2015 EVENT 11 – Cronulla, NSW – March 7 – 8, 2015 EVENT 12 – Trigg, WA – March 14 -15, 2015 EVENT 13 – Yamba, NSW – March 21 – 22, 2015 To enter the Subway® Summer Surf Series, visit


Danielle Hancock of Nords Wharf had a great contest, finishing fourth in the girls u18 final. PIC. Ethan Smith

Grant Sproule
Grant Sproule

Grant Sproule has worked in Newspapers and Surf Media for 22 years and is also graphic designer and photographer. His eye for detail and deep passion for surfing has led him to develop one of Australia's leading Surf Magazines. Grant Started shooting surfing at a young age and is now regarded as an industry pro.

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