WA Junior Surfing Titles dominated by hometown surfers


Gracetown’s Jed Gradisen was dominant in winning the blue ribbon Under-18 Junior Boys division, on top of the Under-16 Cadet Boys division, at the weekend’s WA Junior Surfing Titles at Surfers Point in Margaret River. Image Credit: Surfing WA/Woolacott
Gracetown’s Jed Gradisen was dominant in winning the blue ribbon Under-18 Junior Boys division, on top of the Under-16 Cadet Boys division, at the weekend’s WA Junior Surfing Titles at Surfers Point in Margaret River. Image Credit: Surfing WA/Woolacott

HOMETOWN surfers have dominated during the opening round of the WA Junior Surfing Titles in Margaret River at the weekend, winning six of the seven divisions.

After less than ideal conditions on Saturday, grommets from across WA took full advantage of Sunday’s waves at Surfers Point.

Gracetown’s Jed Gradisen was dominant in winning the blue ribbon Under-18 Junior Boys division, on top of the Under-16 Cadet Boys division.

Gradisen (14) was rewarded for superior wave selection and powerful surfing with two eight-point rides to finish with a combined total of 16.83 from a possible 20 in the Under-18 final.

The score was enough to pip older brother Ben, who scored a near perfect 9.50 from a possible 10 in the final.

“Conditions were super good and it was just one of those classic days out at Margaret’s,” the younger Gradisen said.

“It’s always good to have pumping waves and offshore winds for a comp.”

Yallingup’s Emma Cattlin was both powerful and clinical in taking out the Under-18 Junior Girls division.

Cattlin edged Margaret River pair Jamaica Selby and Maddie Cawood and Albany’s Pemba Spargo in an entertaining final.

“I feel really good and I still can’t believe it,” Cattlin said.

“I love competing out there and I think the wave really suits my surfing.”

Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks said Sunday’s improved conditions brought out the best from WA’s next generation who rose to the occasion with some standout performances.

“This weekend has provided our junior surfers with an invaluable experience to compete at a world class location,” he said.

“It’s been a great opportunity for the kids to surf the same patch of reef as the world’s best surfers soon will for the upcoming World Surf League Margaret River Pro.”

The second event of the series will be held in Mandurah in May.

The state’s best young surfers are aiming to qualify for the Australian Junior Surfing Titles, which will take place in South Australia later this year.

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