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Blustery day for West Oz Junior Titles

Josh Burke © Surfing WA/Woolacott

WA Junior Surfing Titles #2
Presented by SunSmart

Surfing Western Australia
Trigg Beach, Western Australia
8 - 9 Sunday 2013

Wild Weather No Deterrent For WA's Best Junior Surfers At Trigg

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 June, 2013 : - - Around 100 of WA's best junior surfers impressed in tricky windswept waves at Trigg Beach over the weekend for the second event of the WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart.

The WA Junior Surfing Titles are the breeding ground for the next generation of professional surfers, with the likes of current ASP world # 5 Taj Burrow (Yallingup) and world # 37 Yadin Nicol (Gracetown) both making their way to the professional ranks by first surfing in the state titles as juniors.

Competitors travelled from right across the state for the chance to impress their peers and judges, but most importantly to earn a chance to represent WA in Kiama (New South Wales), for the Australian Junior Titles in December.
South-West competitors dominated the conditions, winning six of the seven divisions on offer. Electrifying performances from Margaret River's Josh Burke, Shaun Manners and Ella Massie along with Yallingup duo Eliza Greene and Josh Cattlin highlighted a star studded event that was packed with future surfing stars.

The weekend offered a taste of all four seasons, as glassy morning peaks gave way to shifty onshore dumpers. The ability of surfers to adapt to the changing conditions proved all important in the hunt for prestigious WA State Surfing Titles.

In the absence of defending U18 State Champion Jacob Willcox (Margaret River), Josh Burke proved to be the man to beat in the blue ribbon U18 Junior Boys division. Using powerful and innovative surfing combined with smooth and flashy rail-work, Burke shone in yesterdays blustery conditions, powering through the strong winds and pouring rain to pull out some massive turns to see him secure a heat high 7.5 ride.

In a real arm wrestle Burke answered all his challengers and proved too strong in the 25 minute final and took the ascendancy until the final siren.

“I'm stoked to get the win and move into the lead on the ratings." Said Burke who scored a back up 6.30 ride to finish on a 13.80 combined total, just enough to keep a fast finishing Duke Nagtzaam (Yallingup) in second place, with Harry McPherson (Mandurah) performing well in third and Shaun Manners (Margaret River) finishing in a close fourth.

"It is what we come to expect at Trigg, always tricky but there were some good waves early and Im happy with my performance."
Eliza Greene (Yallingup) didn’t let conditions affect her performance over the weekend, winning the U18 Junior Girls division comfortably. Greene amassed an 11.70 point total (from a possible 20) during the final to also move into the ratings lead. Smooth rail to rail surfing allowed Greene to lock in a 6.70 ride in the opening minutes of the final, and once she secured a back up 5.00 ride the final was all hers.
"It was tough work, all the girls have been surfing so well all comp which makes this win even better." Said Greene.
Emi Campbell (Denmark) couldn't find the waves needed and finished in second, ahead of metro surfer Denver Young (Cottesloe) who marked an excellent weekend for her with a third. 14 year old Mia McCarthy (Margaret River) made a welcome return to the beaches she grew up surfing finishing the final in fourth.
Shaun Manners was one of the weekend's most consistent performers making the U18 Junior Boys final and winning the highly competitive U16 Cadet Boys. Manners surfed with a maturity far beyond his years and turned on his remarkable repertoire of manoeuvres to steal the win with a 13.70 combined total.

Manners lead from start to finish with Yallingup's Kael Walsh catching his maximum of twelve waves in an attempt to catch Manners, finishing in second on 11.80 points. Josh Cattlin (Yallingup) performed well to finish in third ahead of Fletcher Cremasco (Kalbarri) in fourth.

Manners who returned from Bali early Saturday morning sealed the 2013 U16 State Title and was wrapped with his efforts.

"It's great to win the State Title, it's a really hard division and I'm already looking forward to National Titles." Said Manners who will spearhead the WA Junior Surfing Team in December.

In the U16 Cadet Girls, Ella Massie (Margaret River) was able to find the best open faced waves in a wind affected final. Massie's ability to string together a series of manoeuvres proved to be the difference, edging Denver Young into second place, with Emi Campbell in third ahead of Luciana Burke (Margaret River) in fourth.

Former Trigg local, Josh Cattlin led the charge in the U14 Grommet Boys division with some excellent backhand and forehand surfing. The hotly contested division is now included as part of the National Titles, and in the final it was Cattlin who's surfing was rewarded with a 8.17 and a 6.40 to finish with a combined 14.57 point total (from a possible 20). 

With all finalists going toe to toe and wave for wave, Ben Spence (Margaret River) finished in second with Josh Stanton (Kalbarri) in third ahead of Beau Beavan (Cottesloe) in fourth. In other results from the weekend, Mandurah's April McPherson won the U14 Grommet Girls division, while Seth Vanhaeften (Margret River) won the U12 Micro Grommet's division.

A special thanks must also be extended to the Surfing WA High Performance program which saw metropolitan and regional coaches work with various surfers from around the state to bring their best out in a competition setting. Mike McAullife, Claire Bevilacqua, Neil Thompson, Adrian Shepherd and Pat Moran were all on hand to give their expert advice to the new generation of WA surfers.

Attentions now turn to the third and final event of the WA Junior Surfing Titles which will head north to Geraldton on the final weekend of the July school holidays. There, the final WA State Surfing Titles will be awarded along with the final positions in the WA Junior Surfing Team to head to National Titles in December.

The 2013 WA Junior Surfing Titles Presented by SunSmart. Proudly Supported by Creatures of Leisure, Otis Eyewear, Future Fins, Forte Hospitality,  Illicit Drugs In Sport Program, Healthway  & Surfing WA.

1. Josh Burke (Margaret River) 13.80pts, 2. Duke Nagtzaam (Yallingup) 12.70pts, 3. Harry McPherson (Mandurah) 12.00pts, 4. Shaun Manners (Margaret River) 11.60pts.
1. Eliza Greene (Yallingup) 11.70pts, 2. Emi Campbell (Denmark) 8.78pts, 3. Denver Young (Cottesloe) 6.40pts, 4. Mia McCarthy (Margaret River) 5.83pts.
1. Shaun Manners (Margaret River) 13.70pts, 2. Kael Walsh (Yallingup) 11.80pts, 3. Josh Cattlin (Yallingup) 9.66pts, 4. Fletcher Cremasco (Kalbarri) 8.20pts.

1. Ella Massie (Margaret River) 11.84pts, 2. Denver Young (Cottesloe) 10.83pts, 3. Emi Campbell (Denmark) 9.40pts, 4. Luciana Burke (Margaret River) 8.17pts.

1. . Josh Cattlin (Yallingup), 2. Ben Spence (Margaret River) 11.90pts, 3. Josh Stanton (Kalbarri) 6.50pts, 4. Beau Bevan (Cottesloe) 4.50pts.

1. April McPherson (Mandurah) 13.43pts, 2. Annabelle Jones (Margaret River) 7.50pts, 3. India Willcox (Margaret River) 7.04 pts, 4. Jamaica Selby (Margaret River) 6.97pts.

1. Seth Vanhaeften (Margaret River) 10.70pts, 2. Josh Stanton (Kalbarri) 9.90pts, 3. Dexter Payenberg (Palmyra) 9.05pts, 4. Finn Cox (Margaret River) 6.93pts.

Source: Surfing WA

Author: Justin Majeks

Tags: Trigg Beach, Western Australia, Sunsmart, Junior Titles

Contests: Surfersvillage


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