TWO YALLINGUP LOCALS AWARDED WILDCARD POSITIONS INTO THE WSL CAPE NATURALISTE PRO
Surfing Western Australia is pleased to announce two Yallingup surfers have been named as local wildcards to compete in the World Surf League (WSL) Cape Naturaliste Pro Qualifying Series (QS) event scheduled to take place in the coming weeks.
17 year old Ollie Henry (Dunsborough) and 16 year old Emma Cattlin (Yallingup) were nominated by the Yallingup Boardriders for the coveted positions and the pair will now have the opportunity to compete on home soil against some of the very best surfers from across the Australia Oceania region.
The Cape Naturaliste Pro will be the first ever internationally sanctioned surfing event to take place off the shores of Yallingup and Henry and Cattlin will hopefully ride the wave of success with great local support around them.
Emma Cattlin has grown to become one of the best female surfers WA and at a young age she has captured multiple State Titles and is set to represent Australia at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Huntington Beach, USA in late October.
"It feels so amazing to receive a wildcard to compete in this big event coming to my home break," said Cattlin. "There's a great field of girls that will be surfing and it's a perfect way for me to warm up and get some good heat practice in before heading away to the ISA World's."
Ollie Henry grew up on the Gold Coast before moving to WA with his family. While he many not rate himself as the greatest competitive surfer, Henry has been catching the eye of many through his committed and innovative surfing around Yallingup.
"I appreciate the faith that the Yallingup Boardriders have put in me when giving me the wildcard position," said Henry. "I'm not a real comp dude, this is my first WSL event and it could possibly be my last but I'm going to give it my all out there."
City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley was on hand to congratulate the two young wildcards and was wrapped that Yallingup was going to host to such an exciting international event.
"This is a real win, win for our local community," said Mr Henley. "Clearly this an amazing pathway opportunity for talented surfers like Emma and Ollie, while the Cape Naturaliste Pro will draw many people into our amazing region."
Yallingup is a WA tourism hotspot, famous for its powerful surf, limestone caves, amazing wineries, restaurants and much, much more. Yallingup is home to WA's most successful professional surfer Taj Burrow, as well as former Championship Tour surfers Jake Paterson, Claire Bevilacqua, and Melanie Redman-Carr.
Yallingup Boardriders Club President Garth Mullumby was thrilled to see local surfers get the opportunity to compete in a WSL Qualifying Series event in their backyard.
"There's a lot of buzz and excitement around the town and I know a lot of groms are keen to come and watch," said Mullumby. "We chose Ollie because it would be an opportunity he wouldn't have had without the support of the club and Surfing WA. We've been watching Emma progress and improve for years and we hope this event can help kick start her professional career."
The Western Australian Pro Surf Series will commence with the Mandurah Pro from 13th - 16th October, before heading south to Yallingup for the Cape Naturaliste Pro on the 18th - 21st October, putting the surfing spotlight on the South-West of Western Australia.
Entries for the Cape Naturaliste Pro are still available both Men and Women via www.worldsurfleague.com
Stay tuned to www.surfingwa.com.au for all news and updates on the WA Pro Surf Series as they happen.
The Cape Naturaliste Pro is proudly supported by the Western Australian Government’s Regional Events Scheme, City of Busselton, Ezy-Car, Peko Peko, Hydro Flask, Exclusive Escapes, Minute Man Press Perth, GWN7, Surfing World Magazine, Coastal Watch, Air Asia, World Surf League & Surfing WA.
ABOUT THE WA PRO SURF SERIES:
The WA Pro Surf Series has been established for local, Australian and International surfers to gain ranking points and prize money on the WSL Qualifying Series. The Series also creates a WA coastal road trip for all to explore the variety of waves, visit local communities and enjoy the WA surfing culture.