LOCAL competitors made a strong start to the nine-day Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.
The Aussies kicked off at Scarborough Beach on Saturday with the youth competition.
Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club’s Will Savage came from behind to win the under-15 ironman title in a sprint to the finish.
“This is so good, it’s absolutely amazing,” he said.
“Since last year my swim has gotten a whole lot better and my board has improved too. I think I’m a better ironman now.”
Trigg Island made it a double in the board relay, with Nikita Fredonnet, Sascha Innocent and Grace Aberhart taking out the under-15 girls race and Savage, Max Hunter and Matt Toms winning the boys event.
Fredonnet placed second in the under-15 board race and third in the 2km beach run.
Other results included Ben Johnson (Scarboro) winning bronze in the 2km run, Heidi Gan (City of Perth) taking silver in the women’s open 2km ocean swim and Sorrento winning the beach relay.
Full results at www.sls.com.au/aussies.