Taj's Small Fries
Surfing Western Australia
Yallingup, Western Australia
16 - 19 January 2015
Glorious Summer Swells Bless Day Two
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 January, 2015 - Yallingup - Idyllic summer conditions blessed day two of competition at Taj’s Small Fries in Yallingup Western Australia today. An overnight jump in the swell combined with clean offshore winds saw grommets from across Australasia excel in perfect 4-foot peaks at Shallows, the Yallingup beach that is literally in Taj Burrow's front yard.
The 16 & Under Girls opened proceedings this morning with West Australian locals, April McPherson (Mandurah), Jamaica Selby (Margaret River), Mia McCarthy (Margaret River) and Phoebe McGregor (Yallingup) all standouts in the great early morning waves.
“It was so fun today, it was awesome to get some good waves & move through to the semi finals,” said McCarthy. “I love this event and feel really comfortable surfing here.”
Taj Burrow was on hand to commentate the opening heats of the 14 & Under Boys as Caleb Tancred (NSW) announced himself as the surfer to beat, posting an event high 18-point total (9.25 & 8.75) on the back of his faultless wave selection and precise surfing.
Alongside Tancred, Lennox Chell (NSW), Ben Gradisen (Margaret River), Josh Grange (QLD), Kian Martin (IND) and Dakota Walters (NSW) all caught the judges eye with some precise on rail surfing.
In the 14 & Under Girls division, Chinta Hansel (IND) proved why she was the inaugural Indonesian Surfing Championship Junior Female surfer of the year in 2014, posting a huge 16.5 two-wave total (8.75 & 7.75).
"This is my first time to Yallingup and Western Australia and I'm really loving every minute," said Hansel. As well as Hansel, local surfer Emma Cattlin (Yallingup) shone, as did Brisbane-based Zali Kelly, who is only 11 years old!
The blue ribbon boys 16 & Under semi finalists were decided in empahtic fashion. Yallingup local Kael Walsh scored an two excellent scores totalling 16.90 from a possible 20. Josh Cattlin (8.75 & 8.35) Jack Thomas (6.25 & 4.75) and Duke Nagtzaam (6.9 & 6.65) who utilised their knowledge of the break to advantage, looking in rhythm and scoring highly.
Indonesian surfers Mega Artana, also blew up on his first appearance in Western Australia. Artana scored an 8.50 and a 7.50 to move into the semi finals in style.
“It feels a little strange to wear a wetsuit, but the waves have been really fun & I’m stoked to make the semi’s.... “It’s been one of those classic Small Fries days,” said Surfing Western Australia events manager Justin Majeks. “To see the amount of stoked grommets, excited families and pumping waves has been terrific.”
The third and final day of competition will continue from 7:30am tomorrow with competition set to return to the beach breaks at Shallows where the 2015 Taj's Small Fries Champions will be crowned.