A lesson in surfing excellence

The annual event has featured more than 120 high schools and 600 students from throughout WA competing for the State title.

With the event now a recognised division within the Australian Junior Surfing Titles, winners have the chance to compete at the national titles in New South Wales later this year.

Plenty of WA home-grown talent will be on display at the event, with past competitors including professional surfers Jake Paterson, Taj Burrow and Claire Bevilacqua.

Margaret River Senior High School is again a hot favourite, looking to win its eighth consecutive title, with ISA under-16 world champion Jacob Willcox and under-16 State champion Shaun Manners both competing.

Although favourites, Margaret River are expecting tough competition from Carine Senior High School, Prendiville College and Denmark Senior High School.

WA events manager Justin Majeks said the South-West was still the breeding ground for the future surfing stars of the future but the standard of the events WA-wide had impressed him.

‘The standard of surfing we’ve seen in our junior events has been phenomenal this year and I’m excited to see what all the schools bring to the table for this event,’ he said.

The regional qualification events began on August 5.