The wave-rich Margaret River region is preparing to play host to an exciting mix of surfing youth and experience, as the West Coast Suspensions Surf Masters WA State Championships prepares for a start this Friday.
The Surf Masters State Championships are integral to the continued development of surfing in Western Australia. The three-day event has attracted some of WA’s very best shortboarders who will compete across multiple divisions in hopes of claiming a prestigious WA State Surfing Title.
This will be Surfing WA’s first State Championship event for 2022 and is the pathway for WA shortboarders to qualify and compete at the Australian Surfing Championships and battle against the best surfers in the country.
“It’s going to be exciting to see multiple generations of WA surfers competing alongside each other,” said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. “This event will see some of WA’s surfing pioneers rubbing shoulders with the talent that will push our sport forward into the future.”
Reigning State Champion, George Simpson (Gracetown) will lead the charge in a stacked Open Men’s division that is overflowing with amazing surfers. Simpson will face off against top contenders; Alex McGuffin (Margaret River), Luke Campbell (Trigg), Pascal Hutchinson (Trigg Point), as well as rising stars Jack Mitchell (Margaret River) and Macklin Flynn (Cowaramup).
The Open Women’s division is also an all-star affair. Survivor star, big-wave charger, former World Championship Tour competitor and reigning State Champion, Felicity Palmateer (Yanchep) will have her work cut out for her going up against the likes of Emma Cattlin (Yallingup), Isi Campbell (Denmark) and Ruby Berry (Augusta).
The Under-21 Pro Junior division provides an exciting transitions for juniors 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.
Luke Hayter (Scarborough), Samantha Vanderford (Green Head), Ian McPherson (City Beach), Paul Paterson (City Beach), Paul Dupuy (Albany), Brad Cowan (Margaret River), Brent Moss (Esperance) and Mal Hardy (Gracetown), will all lineup to defend their State Titles from 2021.
The forecast for the event is looking positive, with a building swell and favourable winds set to make for an exciting three days of competition surfing. Heats will commence from 8am on Friday with finals set to take place over the weekend.
Surfing WA will be streaming live heat scores and results for people to follow via their new live event site: www.surfingwalive.com.au. Stay tuned to www.surfingwa.com.au for news, photos and updates relating to the 2022 West Coast Suspensions Surf Masters WA State Championships.
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