(Photo credit: Surfing NSW)

It’s been a huge six months for BluescopeWIN Lonestar, Keira Buckpitt who continues to take the surfing world by storm.

Buckpitt took out the Australian Junior Online Surf Championships Under 18 Girls title in October 2021 after chasing waves on the South Coast in lockdown gathering videos for the competition. Buckpitt made her way through the rounds and semis before scoring 7.73 and 7.47 with her final two entries to secure the win.

In November, Buckpitt competed at the Surfing NSW State Championships in Wollongong and finished runner up behind past IAS athlete, Oceanna Rogers.

After topping the U18 National rankings for 2021, Buckpitt started the 2022 on a high travelling to Victoria with the Surfing NSW Junior High-Performance team for a training camp at the Urbnsurf wave pool.

The best is yet to come for the talented Culburra surfer who has just been selected as part of the Australian Junior Irukandjis team to compete at the 2022 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.

“I’m just so happy I made it and really looking forward to being part of the Junior Irukandjis team,” Buckpitt said. “I’ve always wanted to represent Australia and now it’s happened I’m so proud to be able to do it.”

Buckpitt is one of twelve surfers selected to travel to El Salvador to compete from 27 May to 7 June 2022.

“I can’t wait to surf in El Salvador and explore the country,” Buckpitt said.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and catching up with some of the other girls I know from around the world.”

Buckpitt has a few big months of preparation ahead of her.

“I will continue my weekly group coaching sessions with Illawarra Surf academy and over the next few months I’ll be meeting up with the rest of the team and coaches up at the High Performance Camp.  I have a couple of comps coming up to start the season off before I travel to El Salvador but my main focus is to really concentrate on being ready for the ISA Championships.”

Joining Keira in the Australian team is IAS graduate and 2018 IAS Surfing Athlete of the Year Lennix Smith, who will also compete in the U18s.

Congratulations and good luck, Keira and Lennix!

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