Shelly Beach’s, Molly Picklum, has continued on her wave of success this summer surfing season, taking out event one of the 2019 Hydralyte Sports Qld Pro Junior title, on January 13.
Competitors were greeted with pumping 4-6ft left-hander waves reeling down North Stradbroke Island’s Main Beach, along with moderate south-easterly winds and plenty of spectators.
Picklum won the women’s division of the event, after one of the most exciting heats of the two day event.
Picklum defeated, Holly Williams (Buddina, Qld), Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW), and Pacha Light (Tugun, Qld), respectively in the final heat.
Williams held the lead for the second half of the heat, after putting together a 6.5 and a 7.5 for a combined total of 14.00.
The heat seemed done and dusted until Picklum paddled into a wave right before the hooter sounded.
She tore apart a right-hander all the way into the shoreline, as spectators on the beach applauded.
Picklum walked back up the beach and broke out into laughter and smiles as the judges read her score out over the beach.
She put together a 6.5 and a 7.65 for a combined total of 14.15.
“That was pretty awesome toward the end,” said Picklum.
“It was definitely nerve-racking waiting to hear my score.
“This has been the best event out of all the pro juniors I’ve competed in so far.
“There’s pumping waves and warm water, what more could we ask for.
“My main goal is to be surfing more Pro Juniors this year,” she added.
Picklum now leads the women’s pack going into event two of the series, which will take place at Cronulla Beach, NSW, in April.
Media release, Jan 15
Surfing Australia Media