Australian Junior Surfing Titles
Yallingup, Western Australia
30 November - 7 December, 2014
Australian Juniors will head to Yallingup in December
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 March, 2014 - Australia’s best junior surfers will be heading to Yallingup in Western Australia for the 2014 Australian Junior Surfing Titles in December.
Regarded as the pinnacle of junior surfing in Australia, the titles from November 30-December 7 will be based in the wave-rich, south-western corner of Western Australia for the first time since 2008.
The region is famous for attracting powerful swell sure to test the country’s top junior surfers. The main base for the event will be Yallingup Main Break which is located in the heart of Yallingup, however the event is mobile with numerous options available within a close proximity including Rabbits, Shallows, Smiths Beach and Injidup Carpark.
Six states will be represented in the battle for the prestigious national titles in Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18, while school surfing will also make up a significant part of the event with competitors also chasin g the Australian School Surfing Association Titles.
“The Yallingup region is sure to provide a great spectacle for the Australian Junior Surfing Titles and we’re excited to be heading to the region this year,” said Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark.
“Australia’s best juniors will be on show in one of the country’s most famous surfing regions and we’d like to thank the City of Busselton for its support.”
Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane said the organisation was delighted to be hosting the event.
"For WA surfers this is a massive opportunity to compete in their home state and on their home breaks. Yallingup is renowned for creating champion surfers. Taj Burrow, the Paterson brothers, and Jay Davies all hail from the region and provide inspiration for our next generation of surfers," Lane said.
“We're looking forward to having Australia's best juniors competing in one of Austr alia's best wave locations."
City of Busselton Mayor Ian Stubbs said the Yallingup and Dunsborough communities would benefit greatly from the event.
“This sort of exposure is wonderful, not only for our young surfers, but for the City in general,” he said. “An event of this calibre will attract significant media attention and bring in thousands of spectators. We’re looking at a financial return to the region that will go well into the millions.
“We’re working really hard to engage with young people and providing events and activities that captivate their interest and get them involved is a key strategy. We feel very positive about this event not only because it will elevate our City and bring economic returns; it also supports healthy and active lifestyles among our young people and that is simply priceless.”
A win at the national level is regarded as a major step in a surfer&rs quo;s competitive career with the list of past winners featuring some of the greatest names in world surfing including ASP Men’s World Champions Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning, fellow Gold Coasters Dean Morrison and Bede Durbidge, plus former World Champions Mark Richards, Tom Carroll and Damian Hardman.
Five-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current No.1 Stephanie Gilmore, former World Champion Chelsea Hedges, and current ASP World Tour surfers Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons are also included on the prestigious honour roll.