WA’s junior surfers were treated to clean, fun-sized conditions at Surfers Point, Margaret River last weekend for the WA Junior Surfing Titles.
Even though it was a small swell, it was still head high for the micro grommet competitors who ripped into left and rights at mainbreak showing their enthusiasm with big moves.
Local rippers used their experience at the reef break with 10-point rides from Yallingup’s Emma Cattlin on day one.
Cattlin continued her great form by winning the under 16 girls’ division and followed it up with a second place in the under 18’s girls.
Fellow Yallingup rider, Josh Cattlin, made a big statement by taking out first place in the blue ribbon under 18 boys’ division.
Another local rider, Otis North, made the most of the weekend by winning the under 12 micro groms which gave all the riders valuable experience at the world class venue.
Margaret River’s Willow Hardy rode to first place in the under 14 girls’ division while fellow Margaret River local Seth Van Haeften won the under 16 boys’ division.
The World Surf Tour kicks off this week at Snapper Rocks in Queensland with all competitors warmed up after a huge swell hit the East Coast last week.
Mick Fanning will be back full time on tour in 2017 and will be challenged all year from 2016 champion John John Florence, an evergreen Kelly Slater, Jordy Smith and a host of new riders on the tour.
After the monster swell on Wednesday, the surf will drop off on Thursday with a fading 2.5-metre swell and light south-easterly winds, which should make ocean conditions settle down.
Friday will have a rising 1.7m swell and strengthening west-north-westerly winds.
There will be a bumper new 4m swell and south-west winds on Saturday, while Sunday looks good with a solid 3m swell and southerly winds.
Bunker Bay looks good all weekend.