WA's BEST GROMMETS HEADING TO MANDURAH FOR THE WOOLWORTHS JUNIOR SURFING TITLES
Mandurah is preparing to play host to some of the state's best and most exciting junior surfing talent this weekend, with the second event of the Woolworth's WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart set to attract close to 100 competitors from right across Western Australia.
Forming a key part of the West Australian junior development pathway, the Woolworths WA Junior Surfing Titles will see the states best young surfers battle it out in hopes of qualifying for the Surf Dive 'N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles which will be held South Australia in December.
Some of WA’s top surfers first 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 WA Junior Champions in the past.
The Peel region provides some of the most consistent and contestable waves on offer along the whole metropolitan area and with a positive weekend conditions forecast, event officials are looking forward to an awesome second round of competition.
“The Mandurah surf community is growing at a phenomenal rate, there's a great variety of breaks that handle all sorts of different conditions at our disposal,” said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks.“Mandurah a real breeding ground for talent at the moment and with great community support, a strong and well organised boardriders club in place we're thrilled to be heading down to Mandurah this weekend.”
Local surfers headlining the field this weekend includes April McPherson (Falcon), Macklin Flynn (Dawesville), Ruby Allen (Falcon) and Cam McColl (Secret Harbour), as well as brother Maverick and Phoenix Wilson (Wannanup).
Surfers from as far south as Albany and as far north as Carnarvon are set to converge on Mandurah, but it will be South-West surfers who'll be out to make the most of the conditions on offer this weekend.
Jed Gradisen (Gracetown), Ben Gradisen (Gracetown), Finn Cox (Margaret River) and Seth Van Haeften (Margaret River), will be surfers to keep an eye on in the blue ribbon Under-18 Boys division after impressive performances at the opening event in Margaret River in March.
While Emma Cattlin (Yallingup), Jamaica Selby (Margaret River) Pemba Spargo (Albany) and Arabelle Gibson (Margaret River), will headline an impressive field of females attending the event.
High Performance (HP) coaches from each of the state's surfing regions (Metro, Peel, South-West, Great Southern and Mid-West) will be attending to mentor their groups of young surfers, providing critical on-beach feedback and coaching during the event.
“The weekend offers another great opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of our high performance program which is now in it's fifth year as a state-wide program,” said Surfing WA's Sports Development Manager Tom Dickson. “Our HP coaches come with a wealth of competition experience and will be pushing their surfers them to maximise their performance and state rankings.”
Small swells are forecast for the weekend along with favourable winds, with action set to commence at 7:30am on Saturday at Avalon Point or more than likely at Pyramids Beach, just south of the Dawesville Cut.
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.
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 follow all the action live at www.surfingwalive.asn.au
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Stay tuned to www.surfingwa.com.au for news, photos and updates relating to the event.
About The City Of Mandurah:
The City of Mandurah is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities covering an area of 173.5 km It is home to more than 85,000 people with an average increase of 2,300 new residents each year over the past five years. Mandurah boasts a typical Mediterranean climate and relaxed coastal lifestyle which provides a unique work/life balance opportunity. Between the Indian Ocean, the expansive waterways of the Peel-Harvey Estuary and the lower reaches of the Serpentine River, this unique location boasts some of the best water based activity facilities in Western Australia. More info at: www.mandurah.wa.gov.au