The first round of the Surf Masters WA State Championships kicked off this morning at Margaret River’s Main Break featuring an exciting mix of surfing youth and experience The three-day event has attracted some of WA’s best shortboarders to compete across multiple divisions in the year’s first contest headed for conclusion at the Australian Surfing Championships. The Capes region is well represented in the talent pool, featuring such luminary frothers as State champion George Simpson, Felicity Palmateer and Yallingup’s Emma Cattlin. “It’s going to be exciting to see multiple generations of WA surfers competing alongside each other,” Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks said. “This event will see some of WA’s surfing pioneers rubbing shoulders with the talent that will push our sport forward into the future.” The Under-21 Pro Junior division will offer an exciting transition for juniors moving up into open aged competition, Majeks said. The Pro Juniors join “a thrilling array” of older divisions for surfers of both sexes, and age ranges up to the Over-35s through to Over-65s. Defending their previous titles are Margaret River’s Brad Cowan, Mal Hardy from Gracetown and Scarborough’s Luke Hayter. In the open division, Simpson faces off against top contenders Luke Campbell and Pascal Hutchinson plus fellow Margaret River surfers Alex McGuffin and Jack Mitchell, and Cowaramup’s Macklin Flynn. Fresh off her stint on Survivor, State champion Palmateer will throw down against Augusta’s Ruby Berry, Cattlin and Denmark surfer Isi Campbell. Majeks said the forecast was looking good, with a building swell and favourable winds, with surfing kicking off early this morning and finals held across the weekend. Surfing WA streams live heat scores and results via www.surfingwalive.com.au.