Swell Times: Junior surfers shine at Pyramids Beach


Damon Hayes with surf academy students.
Damon Hayes with surf academy students.

A STAR-studded field of future surfing champions recently converged on Pyramids Beach near Mandurah for the second event of the WA Junior Surfing Titles.

Clean and consistent one to two-foot waves provided surfers with contest-worthy conditions that were dominated by Peel locals and South-West surfers aged nine to 17.

The blue-ribbon event, the under-18 junior boys, was hotly contested and taken out by Gracetown’s Ben Gradisen over Danny Benedetti and Seth Van Haeften, of Margaret River.

Charlie Castleden, of Cottesloe, took fourth position.

April McPherson of Mandurah took out the girls under-18 division over Emma Cattlin, of Yallingup, and Arabelle Gibson and Maddie Cawood, of Margaret River.

Damon Hayes Surf Academy at Trigg Beach has the arduous task of training and preparing the WA state team for the national titles in South Australia later this year.