Chill WA Junior Titles Pres. by SunSmart - Rnd 2
Big surf and strong winds no deterrent at the second event of the 2011 Chill WA Junior Surfing Title
Monday, 13 June 2011
"Looking at the forecast earlier in the week, we knew we knew the winds were going to be tricky, luckily the waves at Shallows were slightly protected and provided some good shape and actually allowed for some great heats on Saturday." Said Head Judge Mike McAullife.
It was surfers from the South-West that adapted best to the conditions and made for some entertaining surfing. Day one was highlighted by the performances of Margaret River surfers Jack Robinson, Jacob Willcox, Josh Burke, and Shaun Green in the U18 Junior Boys, with some huge round one scores. James Fleming (Geraldton) and Jordan Ryan (Trigg) also impressed in the blue ribbon division looking at home in the larger surf.
While in the U16 Cadet Boys, Shaun Manners (Margaret River), Harry McPherson (Mandurah) and Yallingup trio of Sasha Hopkins, Jack Teague, and Duke Nagtzaam all set the pace in their heats.
The female surfers were not apprehensive about the conditions tackling some of the bigger waves of the weekend. Local lass Mikaela Greene was scintillating in her round one heat scoring the weekend's highest score of 8.83 sending an ominous sign to her opposition. Hannah Massie (Margaret River), Bronte Macaulay (Gracetown) and Carly Lynch (Dunsborough) all moved into the Sunday's final with good surfing on day one.
"I surf out here all the time, but not really in these conditions, there are some big sets and if you can pick the right one its really fun. I was lucky to get a couple of good ones but if you get stuck in the current you're in trouble." Commented Greene.
Day two dawned with similar conditions as Saturday with the youngest competitors the U12 Micro-Groms the first to tackle the waves. Some waves would have easily been triple over head for this age group, but with the assistance of dad's and fellow competitors the U12's hit the water, some even making out the back whilst others were content surfing the inside whitewater.
It was Duncraig's Josh Cattlin who took on the big set waves which scored highly with the judges. Cattlin took the win from Kila Hatchett (Margaret River), with Luka Burke (Margaret River) in third ahead of Brad Harrrington (Mandurah) in fourth. The courage of Josh Cattlin was rewarded with the 'Sector 9 Encouragement Award' for his fearless approach to some pretty serious surf.
The 2010 U14 State Champion, Willcox was now the 2011 U16 Cadet Champion confirming his status as a surfing star on the rise.
"Im so stoked to have won this event, Im really looking forward to heading over to National Titles." Said an elated Willcox who is off to the Mark Richards High Performance Camp in New South Wales this week with Sasha Hopkins and Harry McPherson for the countries best U16 surfers.
The U18 Junior Women was a closely contested final between two leading WA surfers Bronte Macaulay and Mikaela Greene. The two form surfers of the division traded wave for wave scores, but it was Macaulay's 6.50 ride that was the difference in the end edging out Greene for the win. 2010 U16 State Champion Hannah Massie placed third ahead of Carly Lynch in fourth.
In the blue ribbon U18 Junior Boys Division, Shaun Green surfed with power and maturity beyond his years with a dominant win. In arguably one of the best U18 Junior Boys fields in recent events, Green locked in a 7.50 and 6.25 on his opening two rides and was clear winner ahead of a consistent Jack Robinson in second place ahead of Zac Haynes (City Beach) in third with James Fleming making two finals in fourth.
"I know all these guys can surf so well so I knew it would be a close one, I just stuck to my plan and the waves seemed to come my way." Green said.
With so many surfers now striving for the remaining 2011 State Titles and the final places WA State Team, the last round of competition is set to be a stunner. Geraldton will play host to the third and final Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles on 23rd - 24th July and is set to see the Mid-West invaded by some of the shinning stars of WA junior surfing.
Mikaela Greene was awarded the 'Firewire Freakish Talent Award' for posting three of the weekend's highest scores which included an 8.83, a 8.73 and 6.83.
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If you missed any of the action from round two of the Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles, you can check out the event highlight package in the coming days on the Surfing WA Vimeo account at vimeo.com/user4625467
The Brownes Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles are proudly presented by SunSmart
Supported by Creatures of Leisure, Sex Wax, PowerBalance, Sector 9, Firewire Surfboards, and Surfing Western Australia.
U18 Junior Boys: 1. Shaun Green (Margaret River), 2. Jack Robinson (Margaret River), 3. Zac Haynes (City Beach), 4. James Fleming (Geraldton).
U18 Junior Girls: 1. Bronte Macaulay (Gracetown), 2. Mikaela Greene (Yallingup), 3. Hannah Massie (Margaret River), 4. Carly Lynch (Dunsborough).
U16 Cadet Boys: 1. Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River), 2. James Fleming (Geraldton), 3. Shaun Manners (Margaret River), 4. Sasha Hopkins (Yallingup). STATE CHAMPION: Jacob Willcox
U16 Cadet Girls: 1. Eliza Greene (Yallingup), 2. Marie Bradley (Dunsborough), 3. Emi Campbell (Denmark), 4. Aleigha-Shae Norton (Mandurah). STATE CHAMPION: Eliza Greene
U14 Grommet Boys: 1. Shaun Manners (Margaret River), 2. Lachlan Ross (Denmark), 3. Mitch Sainty (Denmark), 4. Fletcher Cremasco (Kalbarri). STATE CHAMPION: Shaun Manners
U12 Micro-Groms: 1. Josh Cattlin (Duncraig), 2. Kila Hatchett (Margaret River), 3. Luka Burke (Margaret River), 4. Brad Harrington (Mandurah), 5. Jarrah Webb (Margaret River), Max Leaver (Yallingup).
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Bronte Macaulay (Gracetown) stepped it up in the bigger surf over the weekend @ Yallingup. Woolacott