Brownes Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles Pres. By SunSmart - Round # 3
Brownes Chill WA Junior Titles Score Quality Surf in Geraldton
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
The future stars of WA surfing were on show at the final event of the 2010 Brownes Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles, held at Flat Rocks south of Geraldton over the weekend. The awesome three event series wrapped up in perfect conditions with clean offshore winds and fun waves in the 3-4 feet mark (2 meters), giving WA's best junior surfers every chance to impress the judges and hopefully qualify for the upcoming Australian Junior Surfing Titles, held in December of this year.
Competition was fierce as surfers battled it out for the remaining State Titles still up for grabs, but more importantly for the 14 positions in the WA State Junior Surfing Team that will head to Phillip Island Victoria, to contest the biggest junior surf event in the country. With so much at stake for so many surfers, no one wanted ease the foot off the pedal with some sensational high performance surfing the highlight of what was an amazing weekend.
Perfect winter conditions blessed competitors and spectators alike, with sunny skies and all day offshore winds making for a memorable final round of competition for WA's aspiring surf stars. The long left hand waves allowed surfers to show a full repertoire of manoeuvres, but it was surfers from the Mid-West and South-West that looked best suited to the prevailing conditions. Jack Robinson (Margaret River) marked a great weekend for South-West surfers claiming his first U18 State Title in astounding fashion.
Robinson, long considered WA's next big junior phenomenon, missed the opening event of the 2010 series, meaning he had to perform at the events in Margaret River and Geraldton to have any chance of representing his state. Robinson surfed with a maturity beyond his years and posted some of the weekend's highest scores, which included a near perfect 9.83 on route to the final. Robinson didn't seem to feel the pressure, and let his surfing do the talking and went from strength to strength in the 30 minute final.
Robinson was joined by Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River), Max Marsden (Geraldton) and Jayden O'Neil (Padbury) in the match up of the weekend. Both of the surfers from Margaret River were keen to get their hands on the silverware, but after a sensational opening ride from Robinson, locking in a terrific 7.00 score within thirty seconds of the heat starting, it was clear he would be the surfer to beat.
Robinson's explosive manoeuvres on his backhand were hard to match, locking in a back up 5.33 ride, and despite the best efforts of the other surfers who kept challenging the gifted youngster it wasn't quite enough to topple him from his throne. Jacob Wilcox posted a 6.33 and 4.53, but it wasn't enough as the U14 State Champion had to settle for second ahead of Jayden O'Neil and Max Marsden who finished third and fourth respectively.
"Im stoked to have won the 18's State Titles, I just wanted to relax and focus on doing well here this weekend. The waves were fun and to win is a great feeling." Said a happy Robinson, who will now focus his attentions on fine tuning his skills for an attempt at a maiden National Title in December in Phillip Island.
Despite his result in the U18's final, Jacob Wilcox lived up to all expectations by winning the U16 Cadet Boys division with an emphatic performance. The quietly spoken thirteen year old was a cut above his opposition, using a smooth and fluid forehand style to smash the left hand walls at Flat Rocks to bits. Wilcox scored an excellent 7.50 opening ride which included some vertical snaps, open faced carves and long floaters to put his fellow finalists on notice of his intent.
Having already claimed the U14 Grommet State Title, Wilcox's win was enough to see him finish in second place in the U16 ratings, and become a handy addition to the WA State Junior Surfing Team. Even though he can compete in this division for another two years Wilcox was clearly happy with the result.
"I felt really good out there and got a few good hollow ones, Im off to Gnarloo tomorrow so I guess this is just the icing on the cake for me." He commented after the win.
Wilcox was challenged by school mate Josh Burke (Margaret River), who has come along in leaps and bounds recently. Burke's 6.43 ride during the final was enough to move him into striking distance of Wilcox, but it wasn't quite enough to see him take the win. The second place results see's Burke also joining the U16 WA State Surfing Team, which is brimming with talent.
Wembley Down's Sam Humphry proved he's progressing each and every event with some polished surfing leading into the final, a third place finish for him was just enough to see him creep into the State Team to compete at Nationals as well. Nalu Keala (North Beach) finished in fourth and just missed out on competing at the Australian Junior Titles by the narrowest margin.
In other results from the weekend, Hannah Massie (Margaret River) claimed her first ever State Title, in the U16 Cadet Girls division. The powerful goofy footer looked suited to the lefts on offer and proceeded to claim victory ahead of Eliza Greene (Yallingup) who finished second, Alex Durrant (Red Bluff) was third ahead of Emi Campbell (Denmark) fourth.
Jake Edwards (Cottesloe) surfed well to win the U14 Grommet Boys division. A last minute 5.33 ride was enough to sneak ahead of Boston Kavanagh (Yallingup), Ace Van Peer (Falcon) and Hugo Shervington (Peppermint Grove) who finished second, third and fourth respectively.
Emi Campbell won the U14 Grommet Girls division and Kael Walsh (Mt Claremont) was successful in the U12 Micro-Groms division.
Given unforseen circumstances, the results of the U18 Junior Women's division have been put on hold pending an investigation by Surfing Western Australia. Regardless of this the weekend showcased some amazing performances across all divisions, which will hopefully have WA in a great position for National Titles.
Click here for the event highlight clip from Darren McCagh http://vimeo.com/13726434
For the final 2010 Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles Ratings please click here www.surfingaustralia.com/wa/ratings.php?id=25
Attentions will now turn to Surfing WA's own high performance programs, which will look to prepare the WA State Junior Team before competing at National Titles in December. A big thank you to all competitors, parents, event staff and sponsors that made the 2010 Brownes Chill WA State Junior Surfing Titles one of the best in recent years, blessed with great surf at each of the three locations.
The Brownes Chill WA Junior Surfing Titles are proudly presented by SunSmart and proudly supported by Surfing Western Australia and Geraldton Boardriders Club.
Complimentary high resolution images are available through Surfing WA official event photographer Nick Woolacott. Images of other place getters are available for your specific region of circulation, contact: Nick Woolacott, email@example.com ph: 0430 434 022 photo credit: Woolacott Images.
U18 Junior Men: 1. Jack Robinson (Margaret River), 2. Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River), 3. Jayden O'Neil (Padbury), 4. Max Marsden (Geraldton). State Champion: Jack Robinson.
U18 Junior Women: Results pending.
U16 Cadet Boys: 1. Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River) , 2. Josh Burke (Margaret River), 3. Sam Humphry (Wembly Downs), 4. Nalu Keala (North Beach). State Champion: Shaun Green.
U16 Cadet Girls: 1. Hannah Massie (Margaret River), 2. Eliza Greene (Yallingup), 3. Alex Durrant (Red Bluff), 4. Emi Campbell (Denmark). State Champion: Hannah Massie.
U14 Grommet Boys: 1.Jake Edwards (Cottesloe), 2. Boston Kavanagh (Yallingup), 3. Ace Van Peer (Falcon), 4. Hugo Shervington (Peppermint Grove). State Champion: Jacob Willcox.
U14 Grommet Girls: 1. Emi Campbell (Denmark), 2. Luciana Burke (Margaret River) , 3. Ella Massie (Margaret River), 4. Bailie Hastie (Margaret River). State Champion: Eliza Greene.
U12 Micro-Groms: 1. Kael Walsh (Mt Claremont), 2. Luka Burke (Margaret River), 3. Charlie Wise (Mosman Park) State Champion: Duke Nagtzaam.
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Jack Robinson proved he's the real deal the 12 year old claimed the U18 State Title. Pic - Woolacott
Geraldton's Max Marsden found some little tubes like this to place 4th in the U18's. Pic - Woolacott