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West Oz junior titles run & done at Flat Rocks

Eliza Greene © Surfing WA/Woolacott

WA Junior Surfing Titles
Presented by SunSmart

Surfing Western Australia
Flat Rocks, Geraldton, WA
20 - 21 July, 2013

Willcox Claims Third Consecutive State Surfing Title

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 July, 2013 : - - Western Australia's next generation of surfing stars battled it out over the weekend at Flat Rocks, just south of Geraldton for the third and final event of the WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart.

Surfers from across the state went all out in a final attempt at securing prestigious WA State Surfing Titles and a coveted spot on the WA State Junior Surfing Team to contest National Titles in Kiama, NSW in December.

After starting in Margaret River in April and last stopping at Trigg Beach in June, the Batavia coastline provided perfect conditions all weekend as groomed ocean swells combined with clean offshore winds made for a memorable end to the three event series.

"Flat Rocks is a super reliable competition venue, it breaks in a variety of conditions and despite some slow heats it really turned it on this weekend." Said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. "It is not the easiest place to surf, but everyone that hit the water certainly impressed."

The WA Junior Surfing Titles are designed specifically for grommets aged under 18, and have developed over the years to become a very important stepping stone towards a professional junior surfing career. Margaret River's Jacob Willcox proved this, winning his third consecutive State Title in the blue ribbon U18 Junior Boys division. With past winners over the years including; Taj Burrow, James Catto, Ry Craike, Luke Campbell and Creed McTaggart the U18 Junior Boys offers a fairly accurate prediction of future surfing success.

Willcox, the current ISA U16 World Champion put on a one man demolition derby, confirming his status as WA's next big thing by wrapping up the final heat of the weekend in an emphatic display. His razor sharp forehand attack saw top scores of an 8.50 and a back up 8.27 lock in as Willcox amassed a combined total of 16.77 (from a possible 20), to claim his second victory of the series.

"To score fun waves and win is always a good feeling." Said Willcox. "Im really looking forward to Nationals and trying to make my way back into the Australian Team to make World Titles."

Geraldton local James Fleming used his local knowledge, great wave selection and impeccable surfing to finish in second close second in the U18 Junior Boys on a combined 15.23 points. Josh Burke (Margaret River) confirmed his place to National Titles finishing in third ahead of another Junior Surfing Team qualifier Jake Edwards (Cottesloe) in fourth.

The U18 Junior Girlls final was a closely fought affair, with less than half a point separating Eliza Greene (Yallingup) and Emi Campbell (Denmark) when the siren sounded. In a tug of war battle the two girls went head to head in the closest result of the weekend.

Greene's sweeping turns on the lefts at Flat Rocks, were rewarded with a 14.77 combined total, handing her the win and the U18 Junior Girls State Title. Campbell scored a heat high 8.17, but was left chasing a score of 6.60 or better to win. Margaret River's Bailee Hastie finished in third ahead of Ella Massie (Margaret River) finished in fourth with both doing enough to qualify for National Titles.

"Im stoked to have won a close one and to be heading to National Titles." Said Greene who will lead a strong group of young female surfers to Kiama, south of Sydney to represent their state in December.

The U16 Cadet Boys was a pleasure to watch with some smooth and progressive surfing being offered by all four finalists. Duke Nagtzaam (Yallingup) was in blistering form all weekend and although the 16's State Title had already been secured by Shaun Manners of Margaret River, the talented goofy-footer shone in his absence.

Nagtzaam found the best waves of the heat to seamlessly link smooth and committed turns, scoring two eight point plus rides.

Chasing a solid result in Geraldton, the win for Nagtzaam moved him into second place on the ratings behind Manners and into his the WA State Team. Pascal Hutchinson (Sorrento) surfed well all weekend to finish in second place ahead of Fletcher Cremasco (Kalbarri), and Jed Mattison (Margaret River) who finished in third and fourth place respectively.

In other results from the weekend, Mia McCarthy (Margaret River) won a close scoring U16 Cadet Girls final edging ahead of Cottesloe surfer Denver Young who finished in second. In third place was Ella Massie who wrapped up U16 Girls State Title with her result. Luciana Burke (Margaret River) finished in fourth.

Josh Cattlin (Yallingup) defeated a class filed in the U14 Grommet Boys. Cattlin was too strong for Cyrus Cox (Margaret River) in second, with Ben Spence (Margaret River) third and Josh Stanton (Kalbarri) in fourth.

The maiden State Title for Cattlin came off wins in Trigg then Geraldton and will see him contest his first National Titles. The U14 Grommets division was first run last year at National level with WA's Kael Walsh and Duke Nagtzaam placing first and second respectively. "Im really excited t0 be going away in the team and look forward to competing against the best." Said Cattlin.

April McPherson (Mandurah) won the State Title in the U14 Grommet Girls division, just beating Annabelle Jones (Margaret River). Josh Stanton (Kalbarri) claimed the U12 Micro Groms State Title with a close fought win over Margaret River duo, Fin Cox and Gus Stubbs. The Mid-West local is one of many of the areas new breed of talented young surfers.

The 213 WA Junior Surfing Titles have seen an impressive group of champions crowned across seven divisions, whilst discovering a new and super talented group of emerging surfers within the state. The WA Junior Surfing Team now boasts representatives from across the state including; the Perth-Metro area, Peel, South-West and South-Coast showing the strength of the sport right across WA.

The attention of the successful surfers will now shift to the upcoming training camps, and high performance sessions scheduled to best prepare the team for the pressures of a National Title campaign. While the upcoming SunSmart School Surfing Titles also provides opportunity for surfers to qualify with a team mate to National Titles in December.

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U18 JUNIOR BOYS > 1. Jacob Willcox (Margaret River) 16.77pts, 2. James Fleming (Geraldton) 15.23pts, 3. Josh Burke (Margaret River) 12.50pts, 4.Jake Edwards (Cottesloe) 12.37pts.    State Champion: Jacob Willcox
 
U18 JUNIOR GIRLS > 1. Eliza Greene (Yallingup) 14.77pts, 2. Emi Campbell (Denmark) 14.50pts, 3. Bailee Hastie (Margaret River) 11.17pts, 4. Ella Massie (Margaret River) 10.37pts.    State Champion: Eliza Greene
 
U16 CADET BOYS > 1. Duke Nagtzaam (Yallingup) 16.17pts, 2. Pascal Hutchinson (Sorrento) 15.16pts, 3. Fletcher Cremasco (Kalbarri) 13.33pts, 4. Jed Mattison (Margaret River) 8.74pts.    State Champion: Shaun Manners

U16 CADET GIRLS > 1. Mia McCarthy (Margaret River) 12.77pts, 2. Denver Young (Cottesloe) 11.06pts, 3. Ella Massie (Margaret River) 10.90pts, 4. Luciana Burke (Margaret River) 10.80pts.   State Champion: Ella Massie

U14 GROMMET BOYS > 1. Josh Cattlin (Yallingup) 13.17pts, 2. Cyrus Cox (Margaret River) 10.37pts, 3. Ben Spence (Margaret River) 7.06pts, 4. Josh Stanton (Kalbarri) 3.44pts.      State Champion: Josh Cattlin

U14 GROMMET GIRLS > 1. April McPherson (Mandurah) 14.35pts, 2. Annabelle Jones (Margaret River) 14.00pts, 3. Jamaica Selby (Margaret River) 11.267pts, 4. India Willcox (Margaret River) 9.04 pts. State Champion: April McPherson

U12 MICRO GROMS > 1. Josh Stanton (Kalbarri) 14.50pts, 2. Finn Cox (Margaret River) 8.93pts, 3. Gus Stubbs (Margaret River) 4.80pts.               State Champion: Josh Stanton          

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Source: Surfing WA

Author: Justin Majeks / Nick Woolacott

Tags: Surfing Western Australia, Brownes Chill, Milk, Junior Titles

Contest: Surfersvillage

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