Lacklustre waves didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of grommets who took to the water on Sunday to compete in first round of the Margaret River Boardriders Club’s new junior championships.
Although Inside Grunters failed to provide on its forecast monster waves there was enough swell for a day of high drama in which a small but quality field of children aged between seven and 14 battled it out to get a leg up in the three-stage championship.
A unique two-heat combined score format was used for the competition and Jack Haslau made the most of his two heats to rack up a 26.2 point total to edge out Ben Spence (23.5) to take out the under-12 boys’ competition.
Gus Stubbs won out in the under-10 boys’ round by the narrowest of margins, defeating Danny Benedetti by just 0.3 of a point.
Arabelle Gibson dominated the under-10 girls’ event, notching up a 19.7 point total to claim first prize over Leila Ryan (10.3).
Despite being uncontested, Indie Webb put in a good performance in difficult conditions to claim the under-14 girls’ round with nine points.
Thirteen-year-old Cooper Stubbs claimed the day’s best single ride prize for his 8.5 point effort from head judge Brett Hardy and was rewarded with a new wetsuit from a local sponsor.
The second round of the three-leg junior championship is scheduled to take place on the November 11.
In the meantime the club is busy preparing for specialty junior event, the Gracetown Grommets, on the September 23.