BOUNCING BACK: Wooli grommet Carly Shanahan was already back in the water after a tough finals finish at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles at the weekend.
BOUNCING BACK: Wooli grommet Carly Shanahan was already back in the water after a tough finals finish at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles at the weekend. Ethan Smith

Shanahan's first national titles leaves salty taste

SURFING: While she did not come away with the result she wanted, Wooli's favourite grommet Carly Shanahan can hold her head high after bowing out of the Australian Junior Surfing Titles Under 14 final.

While she had surfed her heart out to make the final after making her way through the re-qualification rounds, Shanahan missed out in difficult surf in the final as Victorian Sage Goldsbury took the crown.

Carly's mum, Mel Shanahan, said the 13-year-old surfer was "really disappointed" after the final but it was still a top result after making the Australian Titles for the first time this year.

"Just to get through her first heat was incredible but it was just disappointing because she really had a chance to win this," she said.

"She really wanted to win this event but she did so incredibly anyway. I am proud of her efforts."

Shanahan finished fourth in the Under 14s final with a total wave score 6.8 falling a touch more than 10 points shy of Goldsbury.

The Wooli junior also surfed in the Under 19 MR Series final for NSW representing her school Southern Cross Distance Education alongside team- mate Jessie van Niekerk.

The pair finished runners up in the final to the Queensland team of Ella Smith and Kara Peterson from Coolum State High School after Shanahan failed to register a wave score.

While it was a tough pill to swallow losing out in both final events, Shanahan wasted no time getting back into practice.

The family arrived home from Phillip Island on Sunday night and by Monday morning she was already in the waves with dad and coach Kevin, looking to improve for upcoming tournaments.

With school already done and dusted for the year, Shanahan's focus has turned to the Ripcurl Oz Grom Search which has a round in Coolum on Monday.

Shanahan finished second in the Sydney round of the series and just entering a heat in Coolum will see her earn enough points to qualify for the Grom Search final at Narrabeen in January.

"First thing back home she was straight in the water," Mel said. "She is amazingly resilient and this will not hold her down at all."



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