Surfing: six new state champions crowned at Avalon Bay, Mandurah

Rick Jakovich from Gracetown.
Rick Jakovich from Gracetown.

SIX new state champions have been crowned in testing conditions at Avalon Bay in Mandurah over the weekend.

The state champion winners included Rick Jakovich from Gracetown, Susannah Wilson from Beaconsfield, Sam McCollough from Melville, Peter Tomsett from Greenwood, Patrice Richardson from Cottesloe and Chris Twomey from Karrinyup.

The final event of the North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop WA Stand up Paddle boarding (SUP) Titles concluded with strong winds and stormy seas testing some of WA’s best and most experienced SUP surfers.

Avalon’s left-hand point break was more like a washing machine as strong onshore winds and building swells delivered waves.

The waves challenged the field of competitors who had converged from across WA with hopes of qualifying for the Australian SUP Titles to be contested in Queensland in November.

Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks said he congratulated all winners and state champions who battled the elements this weekend in Mandurah.

“Thank you to all of our competitors who have participated in an epic competition series this year and I wish our WA State Team representatives the best of luck at the Australian SUP Titles,” he said.

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