Top finish for Cowaramup Bay at junior championships

Cowaramup Bay Boardriders members have taken out a number of the top honours in this year's Yeti Australian Junior Online Surf Championships, an invitation only event that hosted 180 of Australia's top juniors in a head to head online surfing competition.

Western Australia won the Champion State and Cowaramup Bay Boardriders were the best performing single boardriders club.

Out of an impressive 10 junior surfers qualifying (plus another three former members), five Cowaramup Bay Boardriders competitors finished in the top four nationally.

Final results include a win for Gnarabup's Willow Hardy in the Under 16's Girls division, with a total of 16.33 points out of a possible 20.

Hardy has enjoyed a stellar year of competitive surfing, taking out the under 16 and under 18 state titles and surfing in the Margaret River Pro as a wildcard.

Gracetown's Sid Englert recorded 13.90 points for second place in the U14 Boys division and Gnarabup's Olive Hardy recorded 13.83 for second in the U14 Girls.

Cowaramup surfer Macklin Flynn recorded 13.74 in the U16 Boys to take third place and Margaret River's Zali Hewson scored 12.40 to take fourth in the U18 Girls division.

Sol Pogue-Englert from Gracetown recorded 13.16 and came in fourth in the U18 Men after winning the blue ribbon division in 2020's online event.

In other placings, Gnarabup's Okie Fraser recorded 11.93 for eighth in the U14 Boys. Grace Cook from Cowaramup made her way to 15th in the U14 Girls and Gnarabup's Jack Mitchell placed 15th after he had to withdraw due to injury in the U18 Men. This was particularly disappointing for Jack who had placed second place overall after Round 1.

Other South West surfers from Yallingup Boardriders also performed well, including Maverick Wilson who finished third in the U14 Boys and and Otis North, who placed 12th in the U16 Boys.

Ruby Berry did well to finish in sixth position for the U16 Girls.

The event consisted of two, three week-long rounds, with the highest scoring fifty percent of competitors progressing to round two.

Competitors entered just two waves in each round, one right and one left, and were judged on the progression, power and precision displayed on each wave.

Due to COVID-19 border closures, the traditional Australian Junior National Titles could not be held, so the online event provided valuable rankings points towards the 2021 Surfing Australia National Junior Rankings.