Juniors shine at the Main Break

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Emma Cattlin, Arabelle Gibson, Skyla Tothill and Maddie Cawood fought it out in the U18 girls final.
Camera IconEmma Cattlin, Arabelle Gibson, Skyla Tothill and Maddie Cawood fought it out in the U18 girls final.

Big swells challenged some of WA’s best young surfers at Margaret River’s Main Break on Sunday, providing a thrilling battle in the first event of the Woolworths WA Junior Surfing Titles.

In a sensational opening weekend of competition, day two featured a 6-8ft swell and moderate onshore winds.

Surfing WA events manager Justin Majekssaid the weekend gave surfers the opportunity to compete at a world-class location.

Gracetown’s Jed Gradisen was the weekend’s stand-out surfer and a popular winner in the blue-ribbon under-18 junior boys’ division.

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He amassed a combined total of 16.86, which included a near-perfect 9.33 and 7.53.

“It’s always great to surf a final with some of your good mates and get the result in the opening event of the series,” Gradisen said.

Margaret River duo Danny Benedetti and Finn Cox were second and third, with Jahnu Packer from Gracetown in fourth.

A determined Maddie Cawood from Margaret River won the under-18 junior girls’ division despite only catching two waves during the final, posting an imposing total of 14.50, which included a 7.67 and 6.83.

Cawood credited her performance to her time spent at the break recently and her commitment to training.

“You don’t want to be running out of energy in the water on a day like this,” she said.

The under-16 cadet girls’ division showcased the local talent coming through, but it was Margaret River’s Zali Hewson who was able to handle the bigger-set waves best to capture victory.

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