A huge cohort of Capes surfers have landed in NSW ready to compete across all divisions at the 2023 Australian Surf Championships. Representing across all divisions including longboards, loggers, bodyboards and para-surfing, the contenders will test their mettle against the best surfers in the country. The annual title was expected to be a serious challenge for surfers representing Margaret River, Dunsborough and Yallingup, and a possible reality check for some. Leading the way will be Ruby Berry, Kaleisha Launders, Andrew Sheridan, Jack Medland and Brad Cowan as well as a tonne of others. Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks told the Times the contest was also a great opportunity for camaraderie and mateship among the State’s top surfers. “It’s great representation from across the State, in particular the South West, with some impressive female numbers which we haven’t seen in a little while,” he said. “The challenges for WA surfers are competing on the coast beach breaks which lack the power and push of our Indian Ocean waves. “Having to adapt to different conditions and possible locations is always difficult when surfing against some of the country’s best.” Surfing WA team manager Tim Thirsk said he was thrilled to see 61 events filled with local talent. “WA is a strong chance of winning multiple Australian titles and I can’t wait for the event to begin,” he said. Majeks said it was hard to pick standouts given the strength of talent across all divisions. “I really like seeing a couple of young junior girls in Ruby and Kaleisha stepping it up in the Open Women’s,” he said. “Andrew Sheridan is a bit of a dark horse who hasn’t competed at national titles in a while, but comes in with a wealth of experience.” The full squad would field 38 surfers, with competition due to start on Friday, depending on conditions.