Local Waters turns on the innate talent

Riding high: Jess Waters from Dunsborough. Photo: Surfing WA.
Riding high: Jess Waters from Dunsborough. Photo: Surfing WA.

THE Stand Up Paddle State Titles were held in Denmark last weekend with some perfect waves for the state’s best riders. The protected cove of Ocean beach was the contest sight for the three-day event with fun 1.5-metre rip bowl waves making for a great contest. Dunsborough’s Richard Wain put in another strong performance in the Over 50’s Division and made the final with a fourth place overall and that division was won by Crawford Olney from Perth. Wain has now qualified in second place overall for the WA State team that will travel to the Gold Coast for the Australian Championships. Another Dunsborough local, Jess Waters, competed in her first Open Women’s division and showed some natural talent in the waves by taking out third place of the final which was won by Margret Rivers’ Narelle Kuppers. 

“It was great fun out there and a little more enjoyable than getting smashed like we were at Rottnest,” Kuppers said.

“It’s a great bunch of girls I compete with and I can’t wait to head away to Nationals in November.”

Wes Fry (Bicton) surfed with devastating efficiency to win the hotly contested Open Men’s division, taking down eventual State Champion Jake Jakovich (Graceotwn) on his way to the victory. In the Open Men’s division it was Bicton’s Wes Fry who took out the blue ribbon event by claiming a win over Gracetown’s Jake Jakovich. 

“It’s been a sick weekend and the final really turned it on with those fun lefts running through. The Jako’s don’t really have a weakness but if there is one it’s probably when it’s small, so I’m stoked to come out on top,” Fry said. Rick Jakovich took top honours and secured his fourth consecutive State Title with an empathic performance in the Over-40 Men's division.

Forecast: Thursday is the start of winter and brings traditional winter winds from the NW direction with a two metre swell. Friday looks much the same with NW winds but a larger three metre swell. There is a change on Saturday with SSW winds and three metre swell and then Sunday looks epic with a massive four metre groundswell hitting the coast with clean SE winds. Hotspot: Injidup on Sunday