Maverick Wilson has taken an early lead in the under 12s micro-groms division at the WA Junior Surfing Titles after picking up a win in round one at Margaret River over the weekend.
The young gun surfer shone in the pumping conditions down south, shredding his way to a score of 14.20, enough to edge out hometown heroes Charlie Wilcox (10.83) and Okie Frazer (10.46) while Augusta’s Ruby Berry (4.50) came in fourth.
The win follows on from a trip to Sydney in January, where the 10-year-old represented WA in the Rip Curl GromSearch under 12s national final.
Maverick wasn’t the only Mandurah youngster to perform well at the event, with Macklin Flynn finishing third in the under 14 boys division by a slim 0.07 point margin.
Macklin surfed superbly across the event, pulling in a score of 13.50, the same as Geraldton’s Jake Hagan who came in second and just shy of Margaret River’s Brock Launders who won the round.
Surfing WA development manager Tom Dickson said the event was an impressive show of the state’s junior talent.
“We’ve got some really impressive talent emerging at an incredible rate here in WA,” he said.
“We’ve never had access to the equipment, locations, coaching or support the kids do right now, so it’s good to see them making the most of their opportunities.”
Both Maverick and Macklin will be hometown heroes for round two of the WA Junior Surfing Titles, with the event to be held in Mandurah this May.