Juniors turn it on in top conditions

Brad MitchellAugusta Margaret River Times
Ry Dempsey surfing last week at Karates.
Camera IconRy Dempsey surfing last week at Karates. Credit: @lubricatedsurf

Cowaramup Bay Junior Board-riders were blessed yet again with great weather, a solid swell and early offshore winds at the club’s fifth competition of the year at Karates at the weekend.

The first heat started with the under-16 boys, who displayed outstanding surfing, with all competitors revelling in the conditions.

George Simpson was an early stand-out with big powerful carves on the open face. Bayli Mckenzie took full advantage of the waves, utilising lefts and rights to post a good total to win his heat and progress.

Josh Wilcox arrived with his competitive hat on, surfing with confidence on his backhand and advancing in the 14 boys.

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The junior girls’ division showed the necessary courage needed to tackle the double overhead sets rolling through the line-up.

The Willows, as they have become to be known — Willow Hardy and Willow Hines — continued their recent good form to advance from round one.

The senior girls’ division, usu-ally dominated by Zali Hewson, was challenged by the improving Milla Clifford, who wowed the crowd with her confident on-rail work. Both progressed through to the semis. Sid Englert and Oki Fraser easily moved through the first round in the 12 boys.

A reduced field in the 18 boys saw three competitors enter the water for their final. Ry Dempsey, Jed Gradisen and Jahnu Packer, having performed exceptionally well for the club in the boardriders battle in Perth the previous day, all surfed with the speed, power and flow expected from this division.

Harper Payne continued his winning way in the novice competition, taking out the win from Lennox Hayward, Harry Scott and Leila Fraser

The Willows again went at it in the final, with Willow Hardy finding the better scoring waves to win from Willow Hines.

Arguably the wave of the day went to Sid Englert in the final of the under-12 boys. Englert bottom turned into a nice hack in the pocket and then again bottom-turned to blast a crumbling section, throwing the fins to land and ride out.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t get a good back-up, and was overtaken by the consistent surfing of Fraser.

Flynn Lange and Jetaya Hammond should be proud of their efforts in taking it up the these seasoned campaigners.

Hewson, also fresh off a great performance in Perth, was dominant in the senior girls’ final. winning from the reinvigorated Clifford with Lilli Cox and Mia Scott the minor placings.

Wilcox continued his run of good form into the final, but was unable to stop Macklin Flynn connecting the sections and hitting the lip on cue.

The 16 boys’ final saw a slow start before the contestants found their rhythm. Jack Mitchell’s sharp backhand performance produced two high-scoring waves to take the win with only two points separating second Danny Benedetti, third George Simpson and fourth Sol Pogue-Englert.

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