Grommets hit reef break

Emma Cattlin.
Emma Cattlin.

Yallingup Boardriders held their final junior event of the year last Sunday at Injidup carpark in contestable 3 to 4 foot conditions.

The grommets were frothing at the chance to surf the right hand reef break with only their mates out, clean cross shore winds and with the prized 2017 Titles to be decided.

The start of the day was delayed due to an early morning shark sighting but once the jetski was on patrol along with a drone camera and parents in the lineup, competitors didn’t hold back and ripped into the waves all day. There was a record turnout of approximately 40 kids at the event with new competitors in the Girls and Novice divisions.

“All the competitors owned the lineup today and made the most of perfect waves with some big moves,” Junior President Shane Smith said.

In the Under 16’s division it was Tom O’Connor taking out first place with copious turns and long rides to clinch victory over Emma Cattlin who challenges herself against the boys, Sam Huxley was third and Luka Tedling Fourth. In the Girls division it was Neve Ness pushing the limits with some incredible surfing to win the day ahead of Misticia Campbell, Evie Campbell and Alix Ness. 

The Under 14’s was won by a determined Dylan Vernon with Boda Stocks in second, Ashley Spencer third and Lachie Phillips rounding out the top four. 

In the Under 12’s division the final read like a list of Hollywood celebrities with Maverick Wilson taking charge of the lineup to win with Otis North close behind in second, Pheonix Wilson third and Ryder Vernon fourth respectively.

The Novice division was won by a charging Corey Ballentine ahead of Cam Spencer, Oscar Trigwell and Rhys Antonio. 

The end of year presentation with the final Junior ratings for 2017 will be held at Caves House on the 2nd December.


Thursday looks clean with ENE winds in the morning but only a small 1m swell. Friday will have NNW winds with a rising 1.5m swell. Saturday sees stronger SW winds and a rising 2.5m swell. Sunday will have variable winds early with a dropping 1.5m swell.


This week’s hot spot will be Honeycombs on Thursday.

Did you know?

  • The first account of surfing was given in 1778 by Captain James Cook in Hawaii. He wrote: “I could not help concluding this man had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and so smoothly by the sea.”
  • In 1915 surfing was brought to Australia by Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, where he demonstrated the ancient board riding technique in Sydney, NSW. 
  • Plymouth University in the UK has offered a degree in Surf Science and Technology since 1999.