Macklin enjoys a win at the Rip Curl GromSearch, all set for Mandurah Pro

Dawesville surfer Macklin Flynn will dive into this weekend’s Mandurah Pro full of confidence after he carved his way to a win at the WA leg of the Rip Curl GromSearch Series in Scarborough on Sunday.

The 12-year-old star was in excellent form in the Perth waters, ripping into punchy peaks that allowed competitors to display a full repertoire of committed manoeuvres and taking home first place in the under 12s boys.

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The entire division was a show of Mandurah’s up-and-coming class on the surfing scene, with Wannanup brothers Phoenix and Maverick Wilson finishing in second and third respectively, right behind Macklin.

After placing equal fifth at the second stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch in Newcastle last week, Macklin fought hard to secure the win, which came on the strength of a combined total of 11.50 (from a possible 20).

“It’s been a sick comp, surfing and hanging out with your mates is the best,” the gun grommet said.

Fellow Dawesville surfer Paige Sanders also performed admirably at the event, taking out second place in the under 12 girls category.

Macklin will now turn his attention to the upcoming Mandurah Pro, which kicks off this Saturday.

The young gun was chosen as one of two local wildcards for the tournament, joining fellow Mandurah Board Riders shredder April McPherson.

The event forms half of the brand new WA Pro Surf Series – a World Surfing League qualifying series – with Yallingup set to play host to the second event (the Cape Naturaliste Pro) the following week.

It will be an unprecedented event for surfing in the Peel region, attracting some of the finest surfing talent in the country.