Be the Influence WA Junior Titles
Presented by SunSmart
Surfing Western Australia
Trigg Beach, Australia
7 - 8 June, 2014
Western Australia's top juniors head to Trigg Beach
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 June, 2014 - WA’s top junior surfers are set to tackle prime metro conditions at Trigg Beach this weekend for the second round of the Be the Influence WA Junior Titles presented by SunSmart.
Over 100 male and female surfers ranging from 10 to 17 years of age will welcome the weekend forecast after adverse weather conditions made for a tough opening event in the South-West.
Round 2 will see WA’s best juniors push towards securing qualification into the WA State Team, who will be competing on home soil this December in Yallingup at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles.
“The second event of the series is always a crucial one. This is a chance for surfers to consolidate their opening round results or edge their way up the ratings leaderboard,” said Surfing WA Events Manager, Justin Majeks.
“The weekend forecast is looking positive with pleasant Autumn conditions set to prevail all weekend with NE winds and a West swell direction set to serve up some cracking little metro waves for WA’s best juniors.”
With High Performance Coaches from each region (Metro, Peel, South-West, Great Southern, Mid-West) attending to mentor their squad surfers, the standard of surfing will be extremely high with surfers gaining invaluable on-beach feedback and coaching during the event. Surfing WA High Performance Manager, Mike McMonigal is rapt with the outcome of the State High Performance Program so far from its junior squad members.
“This weekend offers another great opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of our high performance program which is in its second year as a state-wide program now. All HP coaches will be attending with their squads pushing them to maximize their performance and state rankings.”
The blue ribbon U18 Boys division will be hotly contested by ratings leader Jacob Willcox (Margaret River) who has had a stellar month abroad taking out the Chain Reaction Pro Junior in New Zealand and placing second at the Rip Curl Grom Search International Final in Sambawa, Indonesia.
Fellow Margaret River surfer and friend Shaun Manners will be making sure Willcox keeps on his toes while local Trigg surfer Pascal Hutchinson will be one to watch at his home break. Yallingup’s Kael Walsh will pose a serious threat after taking every opportunity to hone his competition skills in the HIF Pro Am Series and Kailis’ King of the Point recently.
The U18 girls have been busy getting as much competition experience as possible, with girls like ratings leader Bailee Hastie (Margaret River) placing second in the HIF Pro Am series recently in Geraldton, while Denver Young and Emi Campbell also took on the HIF Longboard Series and Be the Influence Avalon CUP.
The Be the Influence Junior Titles presented by SunSmart is a three event series that travels to Margaret River, Trigg and Geraldton and is proudly supported by Creatures of Leisure, Otis Eyewear, Globe and Futures Fins.
Round 2 in Trigg will see us one step close to crowning the WA State Junior Champions and deciding the WA State Junior Team. Competition is likely to kick off at 7:30am Saturday with finals concluding on Sunday.