The prospects of another dominant year in the WA School Surfing Titles look good after the Margaret River Senior High School squad performance last Friday.
The school won six of the 10 categories in the South West qualifying event held near Gas Bay.
Josh Burke and Jack Teague easily accounted for their competition in the senior boys’ competition and Jacob Willcox and Shaun Manners, arguably the best young surfers in the country at present, cruised through the qualifying round in the junior boys’ division.
Bailie Hastie and Luciana Burke took out the junior girls’ category and the school also recorded a comfortable win in the senior girls’ competition.
The region’s bodyboarders also sent out signals of a MRSHS romp at the WA event to be held next weekend, as Lee Wilson and James Purvis took out the senior boys’ category and the school’s junior girls’ team won their qualifying heats.
The only teams to miss out on the finals series were the senior girls’ and junior boys’ bodyboarders.
Surfing WA event manager Justin Majeks said the signs were ominous for other schools in light of MRSHS’s strong showing last Friday.
“(Friday) was by far some of the best waves I’ve seen for any School Surfing Title event. I was impressed by the performances of all students, especially the outfit from Margaret River,” Majeks said.
The winning teams from the regional qualification events will compete against metropolitan schools at the State School Finals at Trigg Beach next Friday.