Vic-to­ri­ous Nikki in­spires

Geelong Advertiser - - FISHING - Four-day surf fore­cast:

WHAT an awe­some re­sult for surf­ing in Vic­to­ria, with Phillip Is­land’s Nikki Van Dijk win­ning the ASP Oak­ley Pro Ju­nior Women’s World Ti­tle.

It was the first of­fi­cial ASP World Ti­tle won by a Vic­to­rian surfer and sets the scene for Nikki to go to much greater heights.

A su­perb surfer, I’m sure Nikki will now be con­fi­dently fo­cused on tack­ling the World Qual­i­fy­ing Se­ries.

She has ex­cel­lent prospects of be­ing the next woman to qual­ify on the elite world tour.

Hav­ing a Vic­to­rian surfer on the world stage re­ally l ets younger s u r f e r s know t h a t achiev­ing in­ter­na­tional suc­cess is pos­si­ble.

I re­mem­ber be­ing in­spired by Troy Brooks and Glyn­dyn Rin­grose, who were both on the elite world tour when I was surf­ing Pro Ju­nior and early qual­i­fy­ing se­ries events, and it’s re­ally been dur­ing the past decade that more Vic­to­rian surfers have made it to the high­est level of the sport.

It was also great to see an Aus­tralian win the Pro Ju­nior Men’s division as Gold Coast’s Jack Free­stone took his sec­ond world ju­nior ti­tle.

Mean­while in Por­tu­gal, where the elite world ti­tle race con­tin­ues, that pro event is strug­gling with surf con­di­tions.

Photo: ASP

Nikki Van Dijk wins a world ju­nior ti­tle in Bali.

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