Carly Shanahan finished her run at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles in the semi-final.
Carly Shanahan finished her run at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles in the semi-final. Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Shanahan comes up short in junior titles

SURFING: Wooli surfing sensation Carly Shanahan has been left "disappointed” in her performance after she was knocked out of the Australian Junior Surf Titles at the semi-final stage.

In what was a high- scoring semi-final despite tough surf conditions, Shanahan was left needing a single wave score of 8.94 to progress to the final but could not manage it on her final wave.

It was her first time surfing in the Under 16 division at the national titles but it will not be her last.

"She was disappointed to miss out on the final,” mother Melanie Shanahan said.

"There is only one result that is good for Carly and that is first place.

"I think she was just disappointed because she had every opportunity to put in a good showing and she just came up short.

"She definitely wasn't surfing her best.”

The long week of competition which included almost 13-hour days on the beach supporting fellow NSW teammates took its toll on the 14-year-old grom.

"She was just exhausted by the end of it,” Melanie Shanahan said.

"She isn't used to spending all that time out and about but that is what happens in surfing.”

Shanahan will take to the waves again on Saturday for the Ripcurl GromSearch event at Sunshine Coast.

She will need a win to make the final.



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