Young Capes female surfers were standouts at the third and final event of the Pro Am Series surf event at Rottnest Island last weekend.
Surfers battled it out for State surfing titles, across eight divisions. Yallingup’s Mikaela Greene, who celebrated her 18th birthday last week, won her maiden open women’s State title.
The 2011 under-18 Junior Women’s champion proved to be too good in the junior women’s division, defeating Holly Thomas (Dunsborough) and sister Eliza Greene.
“I’ve done heaps of junior nationals in my time, but I think the Opens will be a lot different,” Mikaela Green said.
“I’m excited to claim the title and be going to Port Macquarie.”
The withdrawal of current ratings leader Ryan Wordsworth from Yallingup in the open men’s division opened up a huge opportunity for surfers to make a move to the top of the ratings.
Standout performances in round one were from event favourites Luke Campbell (Trigg), Jerome Forrest (Margaret River), Max Marsden (Geraldton), Luke Hayter (Scarborough), Simon Hughes (Watermans Bay), Luke Wyllie (North Fremantle) and Josh Burke (Margaret River).
A slight swell increase on Sunday contributed to an epic open men’s final between Forrest, Marsden, Hayter and Wyllie. Forrest, the 2011 Pro Am champion, launched the first attack, however it was Wyllie who proved to be the surprise contender, locking in a near perfect 8.83 (out of a possible 10) to swing the final his way.
The 0.16-point margin handed Wyllie a much deserved win over Forrest who took out second, and Marsden and Hayter who took out third and fourth, respectively.
After a long break since competing in a WA State Series event, Wyllie was clearly delighted with his efforts.
“It has been quite some time since I pulled on a coloured rash vest for an event, and to win here at Rottnest means a lot,” he said.
“To beat some great young surfers on the way makes it even sweeter.”
Despite missing the event, Wordsworth managed to claim the open title with a first and a second in the first two events of the series.
Marsden just fell short and placed second across the series, with Forrest third and Hayter fourth.