Surfers make most of waves

Former Trigg local Josh Cattlin now lives in Yallingup and won the U14 Grommet Boys division.
Former Trigg local Josh Cattlin now lives in Yallingup and won the U14 Grommet Boys division.

Competitors travelled from right across the state for the chance to impress their peers and judges, but most importantly to earn a chance to represent WA in Kiama, New South Wales, for the Australian Junior Titles in December.

South-West competitors dominated the conditions, winning six of the seven divisions on offer.

Strong performances from Margaret River’s Josh Burke, Shaun Manners and Ella Massie along with Yallingup duo Eliza Greene and Josh Cattlin highlighted a star studded event that was packed with future surfing stars.

The weekend offered a taste of all four seasons, as glassy morning peaks gave way to shifty onshore dumpers. The ability of surfers to adapt to the changing conditions proved all important in the hunt for prestigious WA State Surfing Titles.

Former Trigg local Josh Cattlin led the charge in the U14 Grommet Boys division with some excellent backhand and forehand surfing.

The hotly contested division is now included as part of the National Titles, and in the final Cattlin’s surfing was rewarded with a 8.17 and a 6.40 to finish with a combined 14.57 point total from a possible 20.

In the absence of defending U18 State Champion Jacob Willcox, Josh Burke proved to be the man to beat in the blue ribbon U18 Junior Boys division, holding off his competitors after posting a heat-high 7.5 ride to take the title.

Greene didn’t let conditions affect her performance over the weekend, winning the U18 Junior Girls division comfortably. Greene amassed an 11.70 point total during the final.