Mandurah is preparing to play host to some of the state’s best and most exciting junior surfing talent this weekend, with the second event of the Woolworth’s WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart set to attract close to 100 competitors from right across Western Australia.
Forming a key part of the West Australian junior development pathway, the Woolworths WA Junior Surfing Titles will see the states best young surfers battle it out in hopes of qualifying for the Surf Dive 'N Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles which will be held South Australia in December.
Local surfers headlining the field this weekend include April McPherson (Falcon), Macklin Flynn (Dawesville), Ruby Allen (Falcon) and Cam McColl (Secret Harbour), as well as brothers Maverick and Phoenix Wilson (Wannanup).
The Peel region provides some of the most consistent and contestable waves on offer along the whole metropolitan area and with a positive weekend conditions forecast, event officials are looking forward to an awesome second round of competition.
“The Mandurah surf community is growing at a phenomenal rate, there’s a great variety of breaks that handle all sorts of different conditions at our disposal,” Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks said.
“Mandurah a real breeding ground for talent at the moment and with great community support, a strong and well organised boardriders club in place we're thrilled to be heading down to Mandurah this weekend.”
Surfers from as far south as Albany and as far north as Carnarvon are set to converge on Mandurah, but it will be South West surfers who will be out to make the most of the conditions on offer.
Jed Gradisen (Gracetown), Ben Gradisen (Gracetown), Finn Cox (Margaret River) and Seth Van Haeften (Margaret River) will be surfers to keep an eye on in the blue ribbon under 18 boys division after impressive performances at the opening event in Margaret River in March.
While Emma Cattlin (Yallingup), Jamaica Selby (Margaret River) Pemba Spargo (Albany) and Arabelle Gibson (Margaret River) will headline an impressive field of females attending the event.
High performance coaches from each of the state’s surfing regions will be attending to mentor their groups of young surfers, providing critical on-beach feedback and coaching during the event.
Small swells are forecast for the weekend along with favourable winds, with action set to commence at 7.30am on Saturday at Avalon Point or more than likely at Pyramids Beach, just south of the Dawesville Cut.
Surfing WA will be streaming live heat scores and results from the Woolworths WA Junior Surfing Titles so people can to follow the event by visiting surfingwalive.asn.au