World Surfaris WA Junior Surfing Titles
Presented by Sunsmart
Surfing Western Australia
Surfers Point Margaret River West Oz
19 - 20 March 2016
Western Australia’s top junior surfers to meet at iconic Sufers Point
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 March, 2016 - Western Australia’s top junior surfers are set to tackle prime conditions at the iconic Surfers Point at Margaret River this weekend for the opening event of the World Surfaris WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart.
Male and female surfers aged between 10 and 17 years of age, will welcome a favourable weekend forecast as well as 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 World Surfaris WA Junior Surfing Titles will see the states best young surfers seeking qualification to the Australian Junior Surfing Titles which will take place on Phillip Island, VIC later this year.
"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 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, it's exciting to think that our groms will be setting the stage for the world's best surfers to follow."
Some of WA’s best surfers first cut their teeth in the Junior State Title events, 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 cronwed 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 this weekend will be, Josh Cattlin (Yallingup), Ben Spence (Margaret River), Felix Leaver (Yallingup), Jed Gradisen (Gracetown), and Duke Nagtzaam (Yallingup), who are all surfers to keep an eye on at the opening event of the 2016 series.
While, Mia McCarthy (Margaret River), Phoebe McGregor (Yallingup), Marnie Durant (Carnarvon) and Jamaica Selby (Margaret River), will headline an impressive field of females attending the event.
Surfing WA's High Performance 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.
“This weekend offers another great opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of our high performance program which is in its third year as a state-wide program now," said Surfing WA High Performance Manager Mike McMonigal. "Our HP coaches come with a wealth of competition experience and will be pushing their surfers them to maximise their performance and state rankings.”
Favourable conditions are forecast for both days of competition, with the action set to commence at7:30am daily at Surfers Point.