The wave-rich South-West region of Western Australia is preparing to play host to an exciting mix of youth and experience, as the West Coast Suspensions WA Surf Masters Championship presented by Think Mental Health prepares for a start this Friday.
The WA Surf Masters are integral to the continued development of shortboard surfing in Western Australia, with the three-day event attracting some of WA’s very best, who will compete across multiple divisions in hopes of claiming a prestigious State Surfing Title and etching their name alongside WA surfing legends.
The event will see competitors from across the state chase qualification to the Australian Surfing Championships scheduled to run in New South Wales later in the year, where they will battle against the very best surfers in the country.
A Think Mental Health Pathway to the Pro event, four surfers (2x males and 2x females) will be awarded highly sought-after positions into the Think Mental Health WA Local Trials, the precursor event to the World Surf League (WSL) Margaret River Pro in April.
“It’s going to be really cool to see multiple generations of WA surfers competing alongside each other,” said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. “This event will bring together WA surfing pioneers, as well as the young talent that will push our sport forward long into the future.”
The Open Men’s division will provide fireworks as top contenders battle for their spot into the Trials. South West locals George Simpson (Gracetown), Cyrus Cox (Margaret River), Josh Cattlin (Yallingup), and Jay Davies (Yallingup), will face off against rising stars Maverick Wilson (Dunsborough), Jake Hagan (Geraldton) and Macklin Flynn (Cowaramup).
The Open Women’s division is also a star studded affair, with Olive Hardy (Margaret River), Kaleisha Launders (Margaret River), Emma Cattlin (Yallingup) and Ruby Berry (Augusta) amongst the ladies set to challenge for victory.
The Under-21 Pro Junior division provides a great transitional opportunity for juniors surfers who are moving up into open aged competition. The Pro Junior’s will bringing plenty of hi-fi surfing along with a thrilling array of older divisions, catering for both men and women, ranging from Over-35’s through to Over-65’s.
Current Over-50 Men’s Australian Champion Paul Dupuy (Albany), will be a surfer to watch as he starts his journey towards backing up his win Nationals in 2022. Ian McPherson (City Beach), Paul Paterson (City Beach), Richard Sills (Dunsborough), Brent Moss (Esperance), and Michael Molloy (Geraldton) will add a wealth of experience to the event.
The forecast for the event is looking rather challenging, with a building swell and southerly winds set to make for an action- packed three days of competition surfing. Heats will commence from 8am on Friday with finals set to take place over the weekend, with a location still to be confirmed.
The West Coast Suspensions WA Surf Masters Championship will be live streamed via www.streamer.com.au allowing people anywhere in the world to tune in and watch the action as it happens.
You can keep up to date with all the action by following Surfing WA’s social media platforms or by checking out www.surfingwa.com.au
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About West Coast Suspensions:
West Coast Suspension formally commenced trading as Jenkins Springs Pty Ltd in Adelaide Terrace, Perth, Western Australia in 1924. The West Coast Suspensions name was registered in 1990 to further reflect the company’s progression as a specialist suspension supplier to road transport, mining, recreational 4×4 and off road vehicles. More information: www.westcoastsuspension.com.au