WA JUNIOR SURFING TITLES Round 1 Margaret River Results
30th March 2015
(Top photo Marnie Durant on a bomb set courtesy of Surfing WA / Nick Woolacott)
Margaret River’s large and powerful surf highlighted a thrilling opening event of the WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart. For the first time since 1986, Surfers Point played host to a Western Australian Junior State Title event, with the iconic location bringing out the best from WA’s new generation of surfing superstars.
Close to 100 male and female competitors aged between 10 and 17 years of age, tackled a building swell that peaked in the MASSIVE 6-8 feet range over the weekend. The natural amphitheatre at Surfers Point saw a strong crowd of supporters and spectators build prior to the finals action commencing.
Denver Young (Cottesloe) was the only non-local winner this weekend, bucking the trend to take out the Under-18 Junior Girls division. Despite some nerves and apprehension, Young was clinical in her approach scoring a heat high 6.57 (from a possible 10) to defeat Bailee Hastie (Gracetown), Emi Campbell (Denmark) and Phoebe McGregor (Yallingup) in the 25 minute final.
Denver surfed the biggest waves of her life with style, but it wasn’t as easy as it looks from shore…
Denver said “The waves were easily the biggest I had ever been out in before so I was extremely apprehensive and frightened every single time I had to paddle out. The whole time I was hoping I hadn’t made it through the heats so I wouldn’t have to paddle back out there.”
“I was only just scraping through all the rounds and by the time the final came I was feeling far more confident. Margaret River’s Mainbreak is easily the most frightening line up, when those sets land on your head you’re convinced you’re going to die.” Denver said after her big win. (Denver is supported by Mambo, Firewire Surfboards, Pistol Grip, 3D Fins, Funs Back Surf & Sticky Feet Surf Wax)
The Under-16 Cadet Girl’s divisions also provided many highlights. Parading the depth of female talent now on offer in WA, Jamaica Selby (Margaret River) April McPherson (Mandurah), Evie Dupuy (Albany) and Emma Cattlin (Yallingup) went head-to-head in the 25 minute showdown.
It was local girl Jamaica Selby who was able to execute the best turns on the bigger set waves to snatch the win by less than two points from April, with Evie in third and Emma in fourth. Jamaica said of her epic final…
“The U/16 cadet girls final was the last heat of day 1 and the sizey conditions were looking really fun out at Surfers Point. I was really looking to get a win seeing as it’s my home break. After coping 2 sets on the head, I managed to sneak two good set waves out the back right I was just having so much fun out there with only 4 of us out in amazing conditions. Winning in such great surf and at home was the best feeling and I’m looking for another win in the next round later in the year.” (Jamaica is supported by Seven.T.Surf & Candy Pants)
WA JUNIOR SURFING TITLES RND # 1 RESULTS
UNDER 18 JUNIOR GIRLS:
1. Denver Young (Cottesloe) 11.74pts
2. Bailee Hastie (Gracetown) 11.66pts
3. Emi Campbell (Denmark) 8.33pts
4. Phoebe McGregor (Yallingup) 6.13pts
UNDER 16 CADET GIRLS:
1. Jamaica Selby (Margaret River) 13.70pts
2. April McPherson (Mandurah) 11.67pts
3. Evie Dupuy (Albany) 10.23pts
4. Emma Cattlin (Yallingup) 7.43pts
UNDER 14 GROMMET GIRLS:
1. Emma Cattlin (Yallingup) 16.50pts
2. Pemba Spargo (Albany) 9.43pts
3. Holly Minter (Albany) 8.20pts
4. Lucinda Jones (Margaret River) 0.00pts.
Forming a key part of the WA surfing development pathway, the 2015 Junior Surfing Titles will see the states best young surfers seeking qualification to the National Junior Surfing Titles which will take place in North Stradbroke Island, QLD later this year.
After a memorable start, all attention now turns to the second event of the series which will head north to the Perth metropolitan beaches on the 6th and 7th of June. Trigg Beach will play host to WA’s best juniors, where the journey towards crowing the 2015 WA Junior Surfing Champions will continue.
Stay tuned to www.surfingwa.com.au for all news, information and updates relating to the WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart.
WORDS BY SURFING WESTERN AUSTRALIA