Lewy Finnegan: he won a ticket to Hawaii

Lewy Finnegan has conquered the Raw Pro Junior, at Newcastle Beach, Australia. Finnegan was won the right to surf with best pros in the world, in Hawaii, in the next weeks.

Some of the best young bodyboarders gathered in challenging conditions and soon proved this was much more than child’s play. With plans for the Raw Pro Junior Series to expand in the future, local talent Kieran Schuck says, "Newcastle Beach is a great place for a comp."

Despite Schuck’s intense knowledge of the local swell, he still believed that his stiffest competition came in the form of Western Australian, Lewy Finnigan. "Today my biggest competition is Lewy Finnnigan, I’d love to compete against him more," added Schuck.

Undoubtedly the most consistent competitor of the day, Lewy Finnigan boasted about the advantages of crossing the nation to compete against some of east’s best. "It’s awesome coming over here and seeing how the locals surf. In W.A. you don’t hear about how the East boys surf and the waves are different," said Finnigan.

In an enormous upset early in the competition, talented favourite for the under 16’s, Lauchie Cramsie (Queensland), was knocked from the division in the second rounds. "The conditions just meant I waited too long for a wave and missed my chance," says Cramsie.

Lewy Finnigan took out first prize and will be making his way to Honululu, Hawaii. Second place went to Tahnee Sams, third was Davis Blackwell and Lachie Cramsie was fourth.

Fellow Western Australian and first time East coast competitor, George Humphreys, took out the 16 and under winning the chance to travel to any competition on the Rebel Sport Pro Tour, after making the trip east with no help from sponsors. Second was Lewy Finnegan, Tas Knight was third and Alan Chegwidden fourth.

"It was an awesome day and it will be bigger next year", said Terry McKenna, IBA General Manager.