Capes surfers have made their annual trek to Geraldton to confirm the region boasts the State’s top juniors, with a host of local talent crowned. Seven new junior champions were confirmed at the three-day weekend event marking the third and final round of the 2023 State Junior Surfing Titles. Yallingup’s Otis North and Margaret River’s Willow Hardy claimed the dual under-18 crowns, joined on the podium by Margaret River’s Leila Fraser and Cowaramup’s Ace Flynn in the under-14 championships, and Willow’s sister Olive in the under-16 girls and Maverick Wilson in the cadet boys. Cowaramup’s Lily Naylor will represent WA as the girls’ under-12 micro-grom champion, while Oscar Glossop was the boys’ champion on points despite Yallingup’s Ry Foley winning the weekend’s heats. Dunbsorough’s Wilson also won his under-16 title on points, with Margaret River’s Okie Fraser the better surfer at the Geraldton competition. Similarly, Augusta’s Ruby Berry nailed her under-18 girls’ finale despite the final honours going to Hardy. An easing swell forced the event to relocate from Flat Rocks to Back Beach for the final day of competition, with more than 100 youngsters taking part. Describing the competition as a “nursery” for WA junior talent, Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks lauded the quality and spirit of the young surfers. “I’d like to congratulate our newly-crowned junior State champions, as well as our divisional winners and finalists for an exciting title race in 2023,” he said. “This event has not only displayed the depth of talent we have in WA at the moment, but also their ability to adapt to different locations and conditions, which is what we’ll have to deal with a lot at nationals.” The finalised State champions squad will now focus on the Australian Junior Surfing Titles scheduled to be held on Phillip Island in Victoria later this year.