WA Junior Surfing Titles
Surfers Point, Margaret River
11 - 12 March, 2017
Margaret River to host major Junior event this weekend
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 March, 2017 - A record number of Western Australia’s top junior surfers are set to tackle the famed waves off Surfers Point in Margaret River this weekend at the opening event of the WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart.
Male and female surfers aged between 10 and 17 years of age, will welcome the opportunity to compete at one of WA's most recognisable and time honoured locations, Surfers Point.
Forming a key part of the West Australian junior development pathway, the WA Junior Surfing Titles will see the states best young surfers chasing qualification to the Australian Junior Surfing Titles which will be held in Culburra, NSW in November.
"This event guarantees our junior surfers an invaluable opportunity and experience to compete at a location currently on the World Championship Tour," said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. "Just weeks out from the World Surf League (WSL) Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, it's exciting to think that our groms will be competing on the stage as the world's best surfers."
WA’s top surfers all cut their teeth competing at the Junior State Titles, 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 Felicity Palmateer (Trigg), all crowned State Junior Champions in the past.
With surfers from as far south as Albany and as far north as Carnarvon set to converge on Margaret River, it will be South-West locals who'll be out to make the most of the home ground advantage this weekend.
Leading the local charge will be, Ben Spence (Margaret River), Cyrus Cox (Margaret River), Ben Gradisen (Gracetown), and Josh Cattlin (Yallingup), who are all surfers to keep an eye on at the opening event of the 2017 series.
While current Under-16 Australian Champion Jamaica Selby (Margaret River), Emma Cattlin (Yallingup), April McPherson (Mandurah) and Annabelle Jones (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 fourth 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 and clean summer conditions are forecast for Surfers Point, with action set to commence at7:00am on Saturday and finals on Sunday.