Wind surfing a family affair

David BaileyAugusta Margaret River Times
Jane Seman and son Jake Ghiretti, 12, will compete at this weekend’s Lancelin Ocean Classic Festival.
Camera IconJane Seman and son Jake Ghiretti, 12, will compete at this weekend’s Lancelin Ocean Classic Festival. Credit: David Bailey

This weekend’s Lancelin Ocean Classic Festival will become a family affair for Jane Seman and son Jake Ghiretti, 12, the new Junior Wave Sailing Champion, as the pair seek to rule the waves.

Seman is wave sailing royalty having competed for many years both at national and international level.

The Margaret River mum once rated No.3 in the world and has won the women’s division wave-sailing event for the past three years at Lancelin.

When she seeks to rule the waves again this weekend her son Jake, the family sporting heir apparent, will be joining her.

“I began back in the 80s when I was 14, the sport has changed dramatically since then,” she said.

She giggles when she relates how Australian actress Nicole Kidman brought the relatively new sport to public attention appearing in the locally shot film Windrider, made in 1986.

The first time a group of windsurfers got together and held an event at Lancelin.

“It was an attractive niche sport back then,” Ms Seman said.

“Kids couldn’t take part, the equipment has changed so much, and it now allows children to learn and take up the sport at an early age.”

Her son Jake was exposed to the sport at an early age.

“It runs in the blood. I love every sport in the ocean,” he said.

“It is really cool to be out on the ocean, and I have watched my mum, I have learned a lot from that.”

The pair this week will be joining hundreds taking part in the three days of action both on the ocean and on the beach.

The competition starts today, with windsurfing wave events beginning at 1 pm.

The following day will see wind sailing and kitesurfing events take place including the jewel in the crown the marathon, both in the wind sailing and kite sailing categories, beginning at 2pm from Ledge Point to Lancelin.

Thousands are expected to descend on the town as Lancelin holds court this weekend and some of the country’s, indeed, the world’s best athletes of the ocean put on a right royal event.

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