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State Junior Surfing Titles at Margaret River’s Surfers Point this weekend

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Lilli Cox.
Camera IconLilli Cox. Credit: Majeks/Surfing WA/Surfing WA

Margaret River will host round one of the 2022 State Junior Surfing Titles this weekend.

More than 100 competitors were heading for the competition, up against some of WA’s best local “frothers” and vying for a spot to represent WA in Queensland later this year.

Surfers aged from nine to 17 from as far north as Kalbarri, as far south as Denmark, and everywhere in between will take on the famed swell off Surfers Point.

The first of three rounds, the competition that kicks off on Saturday is lauded nationally as the launch pad for many professional careers, with past champions including Jacob Willcox, Bronte Macaulay and Jack Robinson.

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Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks said surfing at the “point” gives grommets a chance to cut their teeth on the famed World Surf League break.

“It’s shaping up to be a big weekend of surfing,” Majeks said.

“We’re closely tracking the movement of tropical cyclone Charlotte, but the forecast is pointing towards a building swell and favourable winds.

“I’m sure all our competitors dream to one day be part of the WSL Championship Tour, and for many this is the start of that journey.”

Capes residents in the draw include recent King of the Point winner Otis North, from Yallingup, Brock Launders, and champion Margaret River girls Zali Hewson and Lilli Cox.

Majeks said local surfers would have the advantage in the wave-rich waters.

High-performance surf coaches Mike McAuliffe and Mia McCarthy will be at the event all weekend to provide on-beach coaching for WA’s budding surf stars.

Majeks said the coaches would mentor surfers and provide in-depth venue analysis, heat strategies, and post-heat feedback for their future development. Competition was forecast to start Saturday from 7am, with finals slated for Sunday. Surfing WA will stream live heat scores and results via www.surfingwalive.com.au.

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