THE BEST GROMS IN THE WEST PREPARE FOR THE WOOLWORTHS WA JUNIOR SURFING TITLES
Western Australia’s best junior surfers are set to converge on the wave-rich Margaret River region this weekend for the opening event of the 2018 Woolworths WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart.
Surfers aged from 10 through to 17 will unite from all corners of the state for the first of three events which will determine who will represent WA at the Surf Dive 'n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles to be held in South Australia later this year.
Some of WA’s top surfers cut their teeth competing at the Junior State Titles as grommets, with Taj Burrow (Yallingup), Yadin Nicol (Cowaramup), Ry Craike (Kalbarri), Creed McTaggart (Margaret River), Luke Campbell (Trigg), Claire Bevilacqua (Yallingup), Jacob Willcox (Margaret River) and Bronte Macaulay (Gracetown), all crowned State Junior Champions in the past.
Surfers from as far south as Albany and as far north as Carnarvon will take on the famed swells off Margaret River, with South-West locals out to make the most of the home ground advantage this weekend.
Leading the local charge in the blue ribbon Under-18 Boys division will be Ben Gradisen (Gracetown), hot off recent success at the King of the Point last weekend in Perth where he placed third in two divisions.
While Finn Cox (Margaret River) and Seth Van Haeften (Margaret River) will be others to keep an eye on as they compete on home soil.
Reigning Under-18 Girls State Champion Emma Cattlin (Yallingup), as well as Jamaica Selby (Margaret River), April McPherson (Mandurah) and Evie Dupuy (Albany), will headline an impressive field of females attending the event.
Future Australian surfing champions will receive further help to ride the wave to success, with Woolworths expanding its commitment to the sport to include Surfing Australia’s six affiliated State branches Woolworths State Junior Surfing Titles, with 18 events to be run nationally across 6 States in 2017/18.
At each event, Woolworths will connect its store teams with the sport and celebrate the next generation of champions in local communities in each state.
“It’s great to have such a big Australian brand such as Woolworths backing junior surfing in our state,” said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. “The Woolworths WA Junior Surfing Titles are quite literally a launch pad for our aspiring surfing champions to reach bigger and better things.”
Positive surf is forecast for this weekend with the iconic Surfers Point in Margaret River set to play host to WA’s best juniors. Action set to commence at 7:00am on Saturday with finals on Sunday.
Surfing WA will be streaming live heat scores and results from the Woolworths WA Junior Surfing Titles so people can to follow the event anywhere on the planet. Be sure to check out www.surfingwalive.asn.au
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