Capes top in Small Fries

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Macklin Flynn was the best-performing surfer of the event.
Camera IconMacklin Flynn was the best-performing surfer of the event. Credit: Supplied/Justin Majeks

Capes groms emerged victorious at the 15th annual Taj’s Small Fries surf competition in pristine conditions on Sunday.

Eight champions were crowned in a memorable end to this world-class event which saw winds swing north to provide the perfect offshore conditions.

Cowaramup’s Macklin Flynn won the 16-and-under boys competition by just 0.9 points over Margaret River’s Brock Launders.

In the 16-and-under girls Margaret River duo Willow Hardy and Zali Hewson battled it out in a fierce final with Hardy getting the better of the pumping swell for a two-point victory.

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Developing superstar Otis North of Yallingup was too good for Flynn in the 14-and-under boys carving the clean 3-4 feet waves.

Up and coming star Otis North.
Camera IconUp and coming star Otis North. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times

In the 10-and-under boys, Ace Flynn and international competitor Masamune Uno, from Miyazaki Japan, dominated the intimidating waves to put on a show for the local crowd.

Ace was just able to pip Uno by 0.25 points to win the title setting up a rivalry to watch in future Small Fries events.

Dunsborough’s Maverick Wilson and Augusta’s Ruby Berry were the other standout performers winning the 12-and-under boys and the 14-and-under girls.

Arguably the surfer of the event, Macklin Flynn used his impeccable technique and this trademark smooth style, picking off the best waves of the final to post a solid two-wave total of 13.60 to take out the biggest win of his young career.

“I really didn’t think I’d make it this far in the 16s,” a genuinely stoked Flynn said.

“I don’t come up to Yallingup that much, I like to surf close to home at Gracetown, but the waves were pumping for most of today and it feels great to add my name to all the amazing 16s champions here at Small Fries.”

Willow hardy tore up the 16 and Under girls final to win by 2 points
Camera IconWillow hardy tore up the 16 and Under girls final to win by 2 points Credit: Justin Majeks

Willow Hardy claimed her fifth win at Taj’s Small Fries and her maiden victory in the 16-and-under girls division.

Looking in great sync with the ocean, Hardy used a strong forehand repertoire to post a combined total of 16.15.

“I love this event and want to thank my friends and family for their support,” she said.

Younger sister Olive Hardy staked her claim as one of the best young female surfers in the next generation with a whopping six-point win in the 12-and-under girls after posting an impressive 14.50.

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