Sean Mawson: his long hair didn't stop him from focusing on the title

Sean Mawson has conquered the U16 Division of the Ocean & Earth International Teenage Rampage Finals, held in perfect conditions at North Cronulla beach, Australia.

The New South Wales surfer had a tough battle against Harry Man (Torquay, VIC), Jordan Lawler (Narrabeen, NSW) and Zac Scott (Werri Beach, NSW). Accruing a total heat score of 11.34 which included an impressive 7.67 (out of a possible 10), there was only 1.34 points between 1st and 4th.

In the last competing year at the Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage, Mawson prepared to enter a few Pro Juniors in great stye. "It’s the first time I’ve won this event, it feels unreal especially since it’s my last teenage Rampage", said Sean.

Mawson especially loves the unique competition format and it’s one of his favorite events. "Ocean and Earth put so much into it compared to other events, they do more for the competitors, it’s all about us having fun and getting loads of waves".

Lining up in the 16 years girls were standouts Nikki Van Dijk (Cowes, VIC), Ellie-Jean Coffey (Cresent Head, NSW), Keely Andrew (Mooloolaba, QLD) and Fiona Casey (South West Rocks, NSW).

Witnessing some amazing surfing and a plethora of futuristic maneuvers, it was Van Dijk who reigned supreme over Coffey, Andrew, and Casey who finished second, third and fourth respectively. Having surfed with unmatchable style over the three day event, Van Dijk is riding high after mixing it up with some of the countries best.

"I love coming to Sydney, it’s unreal to surf in an international event", said Van Dijk. The current U18 Women’s Junior Champion had a great time during the event, with the media launch and opening ceremony she felt like a professional. "It’s like being at the CT, we have our own competitors area and a media launch where we get competitors packs".

In the 13 Boys Division it was Merewether’s (NSW) Jackson Baker who took the honors over Kai Hing (Wurtulla Beach, QLD), James Young (Yamba, (NSW) and International favorite Kanoa Ingarashi from California, USA.

Baker clinched the title with patient wave selection proving a winning formula achieving the highest heat wave score of 8.67. Baker is super stoked to surf and win against Ingarashi the Californian favorite. "I’ve surfed against him (Ingarashi) before at the Gold Coast but it feels so good to win against an international competitor".

The 13 Girls Division saw Holly-Sue Coffey (Cresent Head, NSW) add another trophy to the Coffey family trophy cabinet, winning the tight final from Holly Wawn (New port, NSW), with Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW) in third and Lucy Callister (Noosaville, QLD), in fourth.

With sister Ellie-Jean finishing second in the 16 years division, the sibling surf sessions seem to be proving a successful breeding ground. "I’m so happy to win, my sister (Elli-Jean) and I always try to beat each other so when I compete, it really helps me out".

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