South West surfers dominate junior championships

Margaret River grommets showed why they are best rising stars after dominating the final event of the Woolworths WA Junior Surf Titles at Trigg Beach.

Margaret River's Jack Mitchell continued his vast improvement in 2020, winning the Under-18 Junior Boys final. Mitchell used his speed and critical manoeuvres to take down local favourite Jack Mickle (Trigg), Solomon Pogue-Englert (Gracetown) and Ash Spencer (Yallingup). Mitchell used his flashy forehand and electric backhand to post a combined two-wave total of 14.45 (from a possible 20).

"l'm stoked to take the win and I've had a great weekend," Mitchell said.

"After a couple of second place finishes it's nice to finish the series on a high note."

Also from Margaret River, Willow Hardy confirmed she's a star on the rise, taking out the Under-18 girls final on the strength of her strong surfing pedigree and immaculate technique.

Hardy looked in sync with the conditions and posted a combined total of 12.73 (from a possible 20) on her way to the win.

Margaret River's Zali Hewson, Sorrento's Skyla Tothill and Milla Clifford from Margaret River finishing second, third and fourth respectively.

Brock Launders from Margaret River posted one of his best results recently, taking out the hotly contested Under-16 Boys division. Yallingup's Otis North finished in second, ahead of Trigg's Jack Mickle and Eglington's Travis Barkhuizen.

The second place finish for North meant he was able to claim the Under-16 State Championship Title for 2020.

"It means a lot to be crowned State Champion," North said.

"It was a really close race between a few of the guys I want to thank them for pushing me all the way."

Dunsborough's Maverick Wilson claimed the Under-14 Grom Boys State Title in one of the closest results of the weekend.

Despite some great surfing of his own, Wilson was challenged all the way by an exciting group of finalists who nipped at his heals at every opportunity.

Wilson's heat high 6.38 (from a possible 10) was the difference in the end as Margaret River's Okie Fraser , Yallingup's Remy North and Trigg's Sebastien Low searched hard for solid back up scores.

"That was a little bit too close for my liking," Wilson said.

"The boys pushed me all the way and to win the State Title is a result I'm really proud of."

Forecast: Friday will have some SW winds and a 2.5m swell. The weekend brings some cleaner, lighter winds and a solid 3m swell on Saturday and offshore ESE winds on Sunday with a fun 2m swell.