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Yallingup to host the 2011 Brownes Chill WA Junior Titles

Jacob Willcox © Surfing WA / Woolacott


Brownes Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles 2011

Surfing Australia
Trigg, Yallingup, Geraldton Western Australia
23 - 24 July 2011

Final event of the Chill WA Junior Titles Heading North to Geraldton

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 July, 2011 : - - The third and final round of the Brownes Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles heads north this weekend, for a huge weekend of competitive surfing for some of WA’s best junior talent. The surf rich Batavia Coast will play host to what is shaping up to be one of the biggest junior surfing events in WA this year, with an extremely close ratings board keeping a lot of excitement and interests on the upcoming results.

With a very pleasant start to winter, it has been a lucky two weeks for those on school holidayswith no shortage of surf to keep grommets entertained. Surfers from across the state have been using their school holiday break to sharpen their skill and prepare for this, their final chance to qualify for the Australian Junior Surfing Titles to be held in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales later this year.

Situated four and a half hours north of Perth, Geraldton is known for its warm weather and offshore winds this time of year and will be a welcome stop for the final event of a hugely successful 2011 series. This weekend looks like the conditions will be testing for competitors as a series of NW fronts hit the WA coast. Despite some less than desirable winds forecast, there will be decent sized swell building off the north of the state, giving competitors added excitment about the waves that Geraldton will be serving up this weekend.

“Our second event in Yallingup was tough for some of the grommets, but that weekend should have hopefully prepared everyone for solid windy and sizey surf conditions which we could experience this weekend.” Said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks.

A strong field of local contestants, plus those travelling from Perth and further South will be looking to build on results from the opening two rounds of competition held at Trigg Point and Yallingup. With male and female divisions including U/18, U/16, U/14 and U/12’s, the competition is set to be red hot as WA’s best juniors square off for supremacy in the final chance to surf for their state before National Titles.

“Coming into the final round this is probably the closest the ratings have ever been. We’ve got so many WAkids surfing well now, that they’re all pushing each other really hard....Anyone with one solid result is in a position to qualify for the state team.” Commented Majeks.

It is surfers from the mid-west that will be looking to impress on home turf, with some exciting new surfers emergingfrom the area. Geraldton Boardriders President Leon Norris mentioned, “The new breed of Geraldton and Kalbarri surfers coming through the system is really encouraging. For along time it was only Perth and South-West surfers that were getting recognised. Its great that finally our area is producing the champions we knew it would.”

Geraldton locals Damian and James Fleming, along with Brady Marsden will be the real threats in their divisions, along with Kalbarri’s Jye Perkins who has gone on to represent the state in the past.

The South-West can also boast an impressive new breed of surfers who are hungry for success. Lead by Shaun Green, the talent pool includes Jacob Willcox, Shaun Manners, Josh Burke, as well as Bronte Macaulay (Gracetown) and Mikaela Greene (Yallingup) who are all at the forefront of surfing development here in WA.

Perth based surfers set to use the powerful waves of Geraldton region to their advantage include Jordan Ryan (North Beach), Nick Muntz (Carine), Mat Baker (Trigg) and Jake Edwards (Cottesloe) who are all in a position to represent the state with a good final performance.

“its still a bit too far out to have an accurate forecast, but every time we have an event in Geraldton we’re always blessed with quality surf. Im really looking forward to watching it all play out when competition bounces down on Saturday morning.” Said Justin Majeks

The Brownes Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles will hopefully be held at either the event's prime loaction of Flat Rocks just south of Geraldton, or at one of the many beach breaks in and around the town centre with competition set to start at approximately 8.00am each day, with a competitors briefing from 7.30am each day.

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