Youngsters set the standard

Sara Hickson, above, points her way to a win in the under-14 girls state junior surfing titles at Gunnamatta, while Sarsha Pancic, below, sets a record single wave score.

THREE young Mornington Peninsula surfers have signalled they are contenders for state-level recognition following the first round of the Victorian State Junior Surfing Titles at Gunnamatta.

While mainly west coast surfers dominated during the two-day contest (16, 17 February), brother and sister Sara and Lucas Hickson and Sarsha Pancic showed the peninsula’s young surfers are a growing force.

Sara Hickson, of Rye, won the under-14 girls division. Her brother Lucas came second in the under-14 boys; Sarsha Pancic, of Blairgowrie, was third in the under-14 girls.

While surfing her way to third place Pancic scored 9.43 for a wave, giving her the highest single wave score in her division.

Surfing Victoria said Pancic, 12, who won her way into the semi-finals, was “able to put the other girls in her heat in a combination situation and hold a stranglehold of the highest scoring wave of the day, which is a whopping achievement for one of our up and coming female surfers”.

Despite a record number of entries in the under-14 girls division, Sara Hickson was able to put together a heat total of 15 out of 20, including an eight and a backup seven point ride in the “pumping rip bowl conditions”.

Isla Huppatz (Jan Juc) came second, Pancic third and Eva Bassed (Sandy Point) fourth.

The under-14 boys was won by Willis Droomer (Torquay), Lucas Hickson second, Jack Bassett third and Isaiah Norling fourth.


First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 26 February 2019


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