Trigg Locals Shine On Day Two Of Wahu Surfer Groms

Monday, 26 November 2012

(Monday, 26th November 2012), The final day of the Wahu Surfer Groms Comp wrapped up in testing conditions at Trigg Beach yesterday, with local surfer Pascal Hutchinson (Sorrento) taking out the blue ribbon U15 boys division.

While most kids were happy to enjoy the usual shenanigans of a day on the beach, Wahu gave groms the chance to do more than just throw on a coloured rash vest and have a splash. The event promotes healthy outdoor fun, packed full of games, surfing and competitions with the main objective to encourage kids to be active, enjoy life and have fun.  All who attended the fourth event on the series did just that.

Conditions improved for the finals on Sunday after competitors battled large surf and strong winds on day one of competition. Smaller, cleaner and more user friendly conditions allowed WA's next generation of surfers to strut their stuff in front of a packed beach crowd.

Some stunning performances across all nine divisions allowed for a memorable end to what is fast becoming one of the ‘must attend’ events on the Surfing WA events calendar with a record 105 entries across the weekend.
As conditions changed during the afternoon with freshening southerly winds, local competitors in the U15 Boys final used this to their advantage busting and weaving through some windy and chunky sections. Pascal Hutchinson's ability to power through forehand and backhand turns despite the wind was impressive, and he posted a solid 6.07 opening ride locking in a back up 5.33 to claim the win.
“I'm pretty happy to make the final and win. I’ve been training and surfing heaps in these sort of conditions which definitely helped me,” said Hutchinson.

Felix Leaver (Yallingup) was the lone regional surfer in the U15's final and posed the biggest threat to Hutchinson when he scored the best wave in the final, a 7.00. Leaver, however, couldn't do enough on his backup wave to catch the winner finishing in second place. Josh Cattlin (Marmion) surfed excellently to finish in third place ahead of  Kash Cook (Trigg) who surfed well to place fourth.

Bailee Hastie (Margaret River) impressed in the U15 girls defeating close friends Denver Young (Cottesloe), Ella Massie (Margaret River) and Izzy Marchetti (Mullaloo) in a close and tight scoring affair. Hastie used the event as a warm up for the upcoming Australian Junior Surfing Titles, which she departs for on Wednesday morning.

"It was a good confidence builder for me going into Tasmania, Im stoked to surf with my friends in such a fun event." She siad.

In the U13 boys surfing division Josh Cattlin surfed another great heat, bettering his result in the U15’s with a strong win. Cattlin used his superior wave selection to defeat Margaret River up-and-comers Ben Gradisen and Ben Spence who finished in second and third, with Duncraig's Fletcher Llanwarne in fourth. Dynamic surfing from Cattlin saw him use smooth rail-to-rail surfing, combined with speed and power. Cattlin was ecstatic with the win and to receive an invite to attend an all-expenses paid, three-day Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre on March 8-10, 2013.

“I've never been to the Gold Coast, this has to be one of the best prizes you can ever win. I have to thank Wahu, Surfing Australia and Surfing WA.” Said Cattlin.

Cattlin will be joined at the HPC by India Willcox (Margaret River) who won the U13 girls division. The younger sister of multiple State Title holder Jacob Willcox, India stepped out of her brothers shadow to prove surfing is in her blood with a gutsy win. Willcox defeated April McPherson (Mandurah), Jamaica Selby (Margaret River) and Lily Shepherd (Albany).
In other results from the weekend, Kalbarri's Josh Stanton showed solid competition winning the U11 boys division . Emma Cattlin (Marmion) joined her brother in the winners circle taking out the U11 girls division.

The U9 parent assist division saw mums and dads join in on the fun, helping the event's smallest groms into the waves. This awesome division again had an emphasis on fun with more hoots and cheering coming from the beach than any other division. Dexter Payenberg (Palmyra) went back to back in the division, with Rosie Smart (Kallaroo) taking the win in the girls finals. The introduction of an U7 mixed parent assist division saw an influx of five and six year olds into competitive surfing. Lyla Macpherson (Wembly Downs) showed great skills to manage the whitewater waves she was pushed into.    

Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks was wrapped with the success of the event and how well it was received by the groms, parents, and families that attended.

"This is such a great event, truly unique and a bunch of fun for the little ones." He said.

The next event of the Wahu Surfer Grom Comps now heads to the Gold Coast, Queensland. For full results and pictures check out
Wahu Surfer Groms Comps WA Final Results:
Under 15 Boys Surf >
1 – Pascal Hutchinson (Sorrento)
2 – Felix Leaver (Yallingup)
3 – Josh Cattlin (Marmion)
4 – Kash Cook (Marmion)
Under 15 Girls Surf >
1 – Bailee Hastie (Margaret River)
2 – Denver Young (Cottesloe)
3 – Ella Massie (Margaret River)
4 – Izzy Marchetti (Mullaloo)
Under 13 Boys Surf >
1 – Josh Cattlin (Marmion)
2 – Ben Gradisen (Margaret River)
3 – Ben Spence (Margaret River)
4 – Fletcher Llanwarne (Duncraig)
Under 13 Girls Surf >
1 – India Willcox (Margaret River)
2 – April McPherson (Mandurah)
3 – Jamaica Selby (Margaret River)
4 – Lily Shepherd (Albany)
Under 11 Boys Surf >
1 – Josh Stanton (Kalbarri)
2 – Seth Vanhaeften (Margaret River)
3 – Jed Gradisen (Margaret River)
4 – Aidan Flynn (Dawesville)
Under 11 Boys Surf >
1 – Emma Cattlin (Marmion)
2 – Zali Corry (Mandurah)

Under 9 Boys Parent Assit >
1 – Dexter Payenberg (Palmyra)
2 – Toby Jenkins (Mandurah)
3 – Mason Crocker (Floreat)
4 – Rhys Williams (Wannanup)

Under 9 Girls Parent Assit >
1 – Rosie Smart (Kallaroo)
2 – Imogen Mitchell -D'Raine (Duncraig)
3 – Daisey O'Raw (Mullaloo)

Under 7 Boys & Girls Parent Assit >
1 – Lyla Macpherson (Wembly Downs)
2 – Macklin Flynn (Dawesville)
3 – Taj Blakeney (Scarborough)
4 – Jayda Corry (Mandurah)
5 – Charlie Willcox (Margaret River)

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