Joe's surf report | Macaulay aims for top 10 tour ranking

Pro surfer: Former Gracetown Grommet Bronte Macaulay currently leads the World Qualifying Tour after a recent second in Spain. Photo: World Surf League.
Pro surfer: Former Gracetown Grommet Bronte Macaulay currently leads the World Qualifying Tour after a recent second in Spain. Photo: World Surf League.

The 23rd Gracetown Grommets annual competition will run on the best day of surf this weekend.

Held in memory of the nine lives lost in the 1996 Gracetown Tragedy, this one day contest will be run at one of the high performance waves in the Bay or around the back of South Point.

The popular event is proudly run by the Cowaramup Bay Boardriders and generously supported by the local community with plenty of prizes and giveaways.

The event is designed to provide an opportunity for junior surfers and club members to compete at an amateur level against state wide competitors.

The three divisions are 12 and under, 14 and under or 16 and under in both girls and boys divisions.

Former Gracetown grommet, Bronte Macaulay, who is now a professional surfer has recently re-qualified for the women's world surfing tour in 2020.

The 25-year-old daughter of WA legend Dave Macaulay is establishing a name for herself on the world stage; with a recent second place in Spain she now leads the entire World Qualifying Tour.

Macaulay's 2019 qualifying effort is an example of consistency, in her six starts the worst result is a ninth, she posted three Quarterfinal results, an equal third and the runner-up this week in Pantin, Spain.

With the pressure off of her shoulders for the rest of the season, and a current 11th position on the World Tour, she's going to be a major threat on the elite tour for the remaining four stops in USA, France, Portugal and Hawaii.

"I've definitely now not got any pressure in terms of results," Macaulay said.

"But I just really want to try to make the Top 10, it's been my goal since the start of the year. It's definitely good to know that I've backed myself up on the QS in case I can't make it."

Forecast: NW winds on Thursday with a 2.2 metre swell.

Friday should have variable winds early and a rising 3m swell.

Saturday has a large 3.5m swell and WNW winds while Sunday looks okay with SSW winds and a 3m swell.

Hotspot: Injidup on Sunday.