Surfing: shark sighting can’t slow down Mandurah’s Maverick at Trigg


Maverick Wilson celebrates his win. Photo by Surfing WA/Woolacott
Maverick Wilson celebrates his win. Photo by Surfing WA/Woolacott

MANDURAH’S Maverick Wilson had a win at the GromSearch at Trigg Beach on Sunday.

Competing against surfers from around Australia, Maverick took out the 12 and under boys’ final.

Maverick fended off a ferocious pack of talented youngsters and used every inch of his surfboard with laser precision.

Maverick scored a combined total of 14.26 (from a possible 20) to take an impressive win ahead of Jake Hagan (Geraldton, WA), Macklin Flynn (Mandurah, WA) and Jack Ragen (Bateau Bay, NSW).

“I’m so stoked to have won, especially because all the boys have been surfing really well,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to the National Final and thanks to my dad for taking me to the beach everyday.”

Mandurah surfer April McPherson came second in the 16 and under girls category.

In a GromSearch first, competition was forced to go on hold after a confirmed shark sighting close to the competition area.

This saw Trigg Beach closed for one hour and put a halt to the 14 and under boys final with twelve and a half minutes remaining.

“Surfing WA followed all local protocols and communicated directly with our own water safety team, City of Stirling beach inspectors and the staff on board the Surf Lifesaving WA helicopter,” Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks said.

“The safety of our surfers is of utmost importance and with ski in the water, eyes in the sky, and no further detections the beach reopened just over one hour later.”

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