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Jacob Wilcox fires, captures the Brownes Chill Junior

Jacob Wilcox © Surfing WA / Woolacott




 

Brownes Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles
Presented by SunSmart

Surfing Western Australia
Trigg, Yallingup, Geraldton West Oz
19 - 20 March 2011


Wilcox Simply A Cut Above the Rest

Surfersvillage Global Surf News
, 21 March, 2011 : - - Margaret River’s Jacob Wilcox has confirmed his position as one of WA’s next big surfing prospects with a dominant performance at the Chill Junior Surfing Titles held at Trigg Point over the weekend. Wilcox is one of many young surfers pushing through the junior surfing ranks at the moment and has long been regarded as one of the states best up and coming talents.


Wilcox not only proved this by winning the14/U Boys division at the Taj's Small Fries event at Yallingup earlier in January, but also by claiming two solid victory in this, the first of the three Chill state title events be held this year.

After having to be postponed originally due to lack of swell over a month ago, concerns were compounded with a bleak forecast leading into the weekend. However, a kick in the swell Friday night allowed the opening event of series to finally get underway in wind affected 1-2 feet (0.5 meter) waves on offer for competitors. A bustling Trigg Point hosted over 100 entrants, all of which were keen to impress the judges and taste victory with state team aspirations on all of their minds.

The Brownes Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles have developed over the years, and are now a very important stepping stone towards a professional junior surfing career. These events act as the sole means of qualification for those looking to compete at the pinnacle of junior surfing, the Australian Junior Surfing Titles held in December each year.

A strong field of South-West surfers made the most of the shifting peaks at Trigg to dominate, winning all 7 divisions on offer. Of these surfers, it was Wilcox that reveled in the conditions posting the weekend’s highest scores and gong on to claim a huge win in the blue ribbon U18 Junior Boys division. An opening 8.50 ride was enough to set Wilcox on his course and he never looked back building a solid total of 13.67 total (from a possible 20).


Despite local knowledge assisting Jordan Ryan (Trigg) and Nalu Keala (North Beach) in their final, their efforts weren’t enough to match those of Wilcox’s placing second and third respectively ahead of Josh Burke (Margaret River) who finished in a close fourth place.

No stranger to competition at such a tender age of 13, Wilcox displayed precision, speed and a forte of maneuvers that earned him a well deserved win in a division he can surf in for another four years. “I’m pretty tired right now, I’ve surfed about 8 heats today and the conditions were hard out there. But to win two divisions is huge and I just want to thank my family for their support and my sponsors.” Said Wilcox.

Wilcox was awarded the ‘Sector 9 Sidewalk Surfer’ Award for his massive win in not only the U18’s division, but also by winning his pet event the U16 Cadet Boys as well. Wilcox was again too good for his opponents with another sizzling display which included an 8.67 and a 6.50 back up, for a 15.17 total (from a possible 20). Mandurah’s Harry McPherson was the only surfer that really challenged Wilcox posting a 6.17 ride, but struggled to find a solid back up score to finish second. Another star on the rise Duke Nagtzaam (Yallingup) finished in third ahead of Josh Burke also surfed well to place fourth in his second final of the weekend.

Mikaela Greene (Yallingup) was pushed all the way by an exciting new bunch of up and coming female surfers, but it was by Bronte Macaulay (Greacetown) that offered the most resistance in the U18 Junior Girls division. The two favourites’ displayed clinical surfing on route to the final and there it was Greene that took the win by less than one point. A high score of 5.67, and closing 4.23 ride to Mikaela Greene was enough to put her just ahead of Macaulay, who could only manage a 4.40 and 4.25, to just fall short of the scores needed to move to first. Dunsborough’s Carly Lynch finished in third ahead of Mikaela’s younger sister Eliza Greene who finished in fourth.

In other results from the weekend Shaun Manners (Margaret River) was snappy and innovative as ever on his way to winning the U14 Grommet Boys division. Manners who was learnt his craft from many a strong surfing family and riding the boards his dad Matt Manners shapes for him. Manners was pushed by Denmark’s Lachlan Ross who placed second, ahead of a determined Duke Nagtzaam in third and Ace Van Peer (Mandurah) in fourth. The division was proof that the next generation of surfers are developing at an incredible rate.

Eliza Greene was successful in the U16 Cadet Girls, as was Ella Massie (Margaret River) in the U14 Grommet Girls. The youngest division, the U12 Micro Groms was won by Margaret River’s Luka Burke.  In total sixty heats were run and won at Trigg Point across the weekend, making it one of the biggest and longest competitions ever managed by Surfing WA over a two day period.

“It was a huge weekend for not only the competitors, but for mums, dads and the event officials and judges who would have easily had to judge approximately two thousand waves per day.” Said Justin Majeks Surfing WA Events Manager after a draining few days of surf, sun and sand.
Attention now turns to the second event of the Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles which will head south to Yallingup (June 11th - 12th) where the journey to crowing the 2011 WA Junior Surfing Champions will continue.

The Brownes Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles are proudly presented by SunSmart and supported by Creatures of Leisure, Sex Wax, Sector 9, Firewire Surfboards, and Surfing Western Australia.

U18 Junior Boys:
1. Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River),
2. Jordan Ryan (Scarborough),
3. Nalu Keala (North Beach),
4. Josh Burke (Margaret River).


U18 Junior Girls:
1. Mikaela Greene (Yallingup),
2. Bronte Macaulay (Gracetown),
3. Carly Lynch (Dunsborough),
4.  Eliza Greene (Yallingup).


U16 Cadet Boys:
1. Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River),
2. Harry McPherson (Mandurah),
3. Duke Nagtzaam (Yallingup),
4. Josh Burke (Margaret River).


U16 Cadet Girls:
1. Eliza Greene (Yallingup),
2. Emi Campbell (Denmark),
3. Ella Massie (Margaret River),
4.  Luciana Burke (Margaret River).


U14 Grommet Boys:
1. Shaun Manners (Margaret River),
2. Lachlan Ross (Denmark),
3. Duke Nagtzaam (Yallingup),
4. Ace Van Peer (Mandurah).


U14 Grommet Girls:
1. Ella Massie (Margaret River),
2. Emi Campbell (Denmark),
3. Lucian Burke (Margaret River),
4. Bailee Hastie (Margaret River).


U12 Micro-Groms:
1. Luka Burke (Margaret River),
2. Josh Stanton (Kalbarri),
3. Kila Hatchett (Margaret River),
4. Brad Harrington (Mandurah).


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