Nichols claimed two event wins from three finals giving her the edge over a highly talented field in what is be her final year competing on the Australasian Pro Junior Series. The 17-year-old from Coolum Beach has solidified herself as one of Australian surfing’s great hopes in years to come.
“Winning the Australasian Junior Series is so exciting” Nichols said. “It means a lot to me because there are so many good surfers on the junior tour. I’m really happy with the overall win. I went into this year hoping to do well, but focusing on surfing my best and just gaining more experience.”
This win gives Nichols a seeding and a shot at taking out the WSL Junior Championships, which will be held early next year. If she does take the win she will be the join the honour board with fellow Australian’s and WSL Championship Tour (CT) surfer’s Laura Enever who won the event in 2011 and Niki Van Dijk who took it out in 2012.
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“Winning a world junior title would be a massive achievement so I’m just going to train hard during this off season and try my best when it comes to the world juniors in January.”
Following in the footsteps of past Pro Junior Series winners Laura Enever and Sally Fitzgibbons, Nichols will set her focus on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) with the aim of making it to the CT.
“I’d really like to put all my energy into the qualifying series next year and I’ll see where that takes me. It definitely won’t be easy but I’ve got a good team helping me out so I’m really looking forward to the next year.”
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