WA'S JUNIOR CHAMPIONS SHINE IN PUMPING WAVES AT SURFERS POINT, MARGARET RIVER
Western Australia’s best junior surfers tore into amazing autumn conditions at Surfers Point in Margaret River, as the opening event of the 2019 Woolworths WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart kicked off in sensational style.
Groomed 4-6 feet swells combined with little to no wind for WA’s freshest batch of surfing stars. Groms from across the state relishing the opportunity to surf in premium conditions at an iconic and world class location.
Margaret River's powerful waves were greeted with great gusto by competitors with an array of carving, slicing and shredding highlighting day one action.
South West locals benefitted from the home ground advantage, with Jed Gradisen (Gracetown) was the standout performer in the Under-18 Boys division. Demonstrating great wave and manoeuvre selection, Gradisen posted a combined total of 14.84 (from a possible 20).
Emma Cattlin (Yallingup) proved why she’s the reigning Under-18 Girls State Champion with a dominant showing at Surfers Point. Cattlin looked unstoppable on her forehand and finished with a commanding combined total of 16.66 (from a possible 20).
“It’s pumping out there, the waves are about as good as they get for a comp,” said Cattlin. “Its so smooth and glassy, I loved it.”
Dylan Vernon (Yallingup), Solomon Pogue-Englert (Gracetown) and Jake Hagan (Geraldton) were the best of the Under-16 Cadet Boys.
But today’s highest honours were reserved for the event’s youngest competitors who tackled conditions head on.
Te Under-14 Girls and Under-12 Micro-Groms champions were crowed in an impressive showing of WA’s future surfing stocks.
Remy North (Yallingup) mastered conditions best to take out a hotly Under-12 Micro Groms final.
“The conditions have been so good all day,” said North. “To have a close final with Maverick in pumping waves was awesome.”
Willow Hardy (Margaret River) shone the brightest in the Under-14 Girls final. Catching only three waves, Hardy posted an impressive total of 14.44 (from a possible 20), which included an 8.17 and 6.27.
“I’ve been surfing a lot out here with my family and I’m glad it paid off for me today,” said an elated Hardy.
Yallingup’s Otis North posted his first ever perfect-10 in the Under-14 Boys division, earning the Air Aisa Wave of the Day.
Woolworths are committed to encouraging healthy eating habits amongst Aussie kids and gave away over 25 million pieces of free fruit last year as part of their free fruit for kids program.
Competition will continue tomorrow with a building swell forecast for finals day.
DAY 1 FINAL RESULTS:
UNDER 14 GROM GIRLS:
1st Willow Hardy (Margaret River) – 14.44
2nd Ruby Berry (Augusta) – 11.60
3rd Kaleisha Launders (Margaret River) – 11.50
4th Lyla Macpherson (Wembly Downs) – 0.00
UNDER 12 MICRO GROMS:
1st Remy North (Yallingup) – 14.67
2nd Maverick Wilson (Wannanup) – 14.17
3rd Okie Fraser (Margaret River) – 10.63
4th Aston Grime (Secret Harbour) – 4.23
5th Rhys Bulloch (Secret Harbour) – 3.90
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