Groms take on Main Break at state titles

Yallingup surfer Otis North finished in second place in the under 14 grom boys division. Photo by Surfing WA/Majeks
Yallingup surfer Otis North finished in second place in the under 14 grom boys division. Photo by Surfing WA/Majeks

WA’s best junior surfers converged at Margaret River main break for the first state titles event on the weekend and were greeted with raw, powerful swell that the region is renowned for.

The large surf challenged the grommets but they rose to the occasion and relished the opportunity to compete at the legendary wave.

With nearly 100 competitors in the boys and girls divisions it was memorable contest with the finalists not only contending against each other but also a building six to eight foot swell.

Yallingup micro grom, Remy North, boldly took on the immense surf and received some excellent scores for his rides in a tightly battled final.

His final scores of 14.67 was a solid total and also a narrow win by only 0.5 points over Maverick Wilson. Remy’s older brother Otis North competed intensely in the under 14 grom boys division and was rewarded with a second place to Cowaramup’s Macklin Flynn.

Yallingup surfer Emma Cattlin made the under 18 junior girls final with some strong waves throughout the contest and placed third overall.

Margaret River duo Maddie Cawood and Arabelle Gibson took out first and second place with some local knowledge getting them over the line.

Jed Gradisen from Gracetown put in a stellar performance and was a popular winner in the blue ribbon under 18 junior boys division.

Gradisen’s fast and commanding rail surfing impressed everyone and he cruised through the 25-minute final with a cumulative total of 16.86 from a possible 20 included a near perfect 9.33 and 7.53.

"I love surfing fast and there were some big sections out there," he said.

"It’s always great to surf a final with some of your good mates and get keeper result in the opening event of the series."

Trigg’s Jack Mickle surfed with a maturity beyond his years to win a hotly contested under 16 cadet boys division.

Mickle defied the odds, taking down a trio of inform South-West local including Danny Benedetti from Margaret River, Solomon Pogue-Englert from Gracetown and Yallingup's Dylan Vernon rounding out the top four.

Vernon was also awarded the Volte Wetsuits Rising Star for his impressive performance in the under 16 boys division.

Forecast: Classic surf on Thursday with a solid 1.9 metre swell and clean SE winds. The swell drops on Friday to 1.2m with offshore SE winds.

There is a new 2.4m groundswell filling in on Saturday afternoon with SSE winds and Sunday will have a large 3m swell and SE offshore winds.