WA JUNIOR STATE CHAMPIONS TO BE DECIDED THIS WEEKEND ALONG BATAVIA COASTLINE

The best junior surfers from across Western Australia will be converging on the Batavia Coastline this weekend for the third and final event of the WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart. 

After starting in Margaret River back in March and stopping in Trigg Beach last month, the final stop of the WA Junior Surfing Titles will see close to 80 surfers battle it out to decide who will represent WA at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles in New South Wales in November.

An impressive list of young surfers from as far north as Carnarvon and as far south as Albany and everywhere in between, will spend their final weekend of the July school holidays competing along the surf-rich Mid-West coast. 
 
"There's a lot on the line this weekend," said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. "All the groms are striving towards the Australian Junior Surfing Titles in Culburra later this year, but with the ratings so close each and every heat is going to count." 

Light winds and a building swell are set to bless competitors aged from 9 through to 17 years of age, with Flat Rocks 30km's south of Geraldton the most likely competition location. The reef break handles a wide variety of conditions and has played host to many State and National Title events over the years.

The blue-ribbon Under-18 Junior Boys division is set to create fireworks, with a number of surfers in a position to capture the State Championship this weekend. Josh Cattlin (Yallingup), Jack Haslau (Margaret River), and Ben Gradisen (Gracetown) can all win their maiden Under-18 State Title. While Cyrus Cox (Margaret River), Ben Spence (Margaret River) and Fletcher Llanwarne (Sorrento) are all looking to firm up their place in the WA State Team for 2017.

Local Mid-West surfers; Josh Stanton, Jake Hagan, as well as the Taiana Duncan (Kalbarri) and the Durant sisters Denni and Coral (Carnarvon) will be out to fly the flag on their home breaks this weekend.

“We have some unbelievable young talent coming through our 5 major surfing regions (Metro, Peel, South-West, Great Southern and the Mid-West) right now," said Surfing WA Sports Development Manager, Tom Dickson. "It's great to see the depth of talent spread right across the state and it's going to be an exciting event to be a part of this weekend."

With State Titles in the Under-18 Junior Boys, Under-18 Junior Girls, Under-14 Grommet Boys, Under-14 Grommet Girls and Under-12 Micro Groms still up for grabs, the weekend is set to provide plenty of highlights as surfers go all out in hopes of representing their state at the Australian Junior Titles at the end of the year.

Heats will start at approximately 8am on Saturday with finals concluding on Sunday. For more information on this or any other WA surfing event, be sure to check out www.surfingwa.com.au or contact the Surfing WA Office on (08) 9448 0004. 

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