Willow and Olive Hardy tear up State surfing titles

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Olive Hardy.
Camera IconOlive Hardy.

Margaret River’s sensational Hardy sisters have snatched top honours at last weekend’s WA Junior Surf Titles.

The double win by Hardy girls Willow and Olive dominated the awards.

Willow claim the under-18 and under-16 junior girls title in a star-studded field which included Augusta firebrand Ruby Berry and Kaleisha Launders in the cadets section.

Younger sister Olive took her turn to shine, winning the under-14s grom girls final as well as that State title.

Margaret River’s Leila Fraser and Grace Cook were notable in third and fourth place.

Clean and powerful surf at Flat Rocks, south of Geraldton, included light offshore winds combined with a groomed groundswell providing 2-4 feet surf for the competition.

Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks said Willow was one of the standout surfers of the contest, showing a new competitive edge after earning a World Surf League wildcard position into the Margaret River Pro earlier this year.

Willow had already claimed the Under-18 Girls State Title with wins in Margaret River and Trigg, but she made it a clean sweep in Geraldton, with her third straight win of the series.

“I’ve had the best time up north and this weekend’s conditions have been amazing,” she said.“I couldn’t be happier to have won the 18 Girls Title.”

Willow backed up her win by taking the State Championship Title in the under-16s too.

“All the girls have been ripping and they pushed me hard in that final,” she said.

Olive matched her sister’s efforts by capturing the under-14 State Title with a dominant performance.

She used her backhand to extract maximum points and proved too strong for the other contenders.

“I’m speechless right now,” Olive said after the event.

“I want to thank everyone for such a such a fun event, my family, my friends and even my cat, who have all helped me get here.”

Cowaramup’s Macklin Flynn won the under-16 cadet boys final, and Dunsborough’s Cruz Uros won the under-14s and was handed the under-12s micro grommets State title, while Maverick Wilson came out on top for the under-14 boys.

Otis North claimed the actual under-16s State title due to competition points, despite not appearing in the weekend final, with Okie Fraser second in the final.

Gracetown surfers Solomon Pogue-Englert and George Simpson reached the under 18 boys final, while Sid Englert, Zali Hewson and Lilli Cox all made top-four appearances.

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