Mother Nature tested athletes with bouts of rain, strong swell and north-westerly winds, making for a challenging start the SunSmart WA Surf League series.
The conditions at Trigg Beach were described several times as ‘like a washing machine’, with Youth and Open athletes taking the challenging conditions in their stride and producing some top-quality racing for round one of the series.
Youth Competition (U14-U17)
The Youth competitors were first in the water, where City of Perth A conquered the field with five first place finishes and two third place finishes, totalling 181 points for the day.
WA Ironman Series champions Jules Fredonnet and Sophie Baron-Hay from City of Perth took out the Youth Male & Female Ironman, with Baron-Hay also standing her ground in the Youth Female Board Race. Team mate Megan McCaffrey also claimed wins in the Female Beach Sprint and Beach Flags.
North Cottesloe’s Youth team came in a close second for the day, with Tim Hyde claiming first in the Single Ski event and two big wins in the last two events – the Male Ocean M Relay and Female Ocean M Relay – giving them a 60 point boost to finish just two points behind City of Perth A on 179 points.
Trigg Island Red had a few significant second and third place finishes to finalise third place on the points tally. Jarvis Caren finished just behind Kai Marchetto (Trigg Island Green) in the Youth Male Board Race, locked in second place in the Youth Male Ironman and third place in the Engine Youth Male Surf Race as well.
Other notable performances include Kate Lockley and James Kiely from City of Bunbury, with Kate scoring first in the Youth Female Single Ski, and second in the Youth Female Ironwoman, Youth Female Board Race and Engine Youth Female Surf Race, while James claimed first place in the Youth Male Beach Flags and Beach Sprint.
Kicking off the Open competition were the beach events, with Sorrento’s Charlie Rigby and Sydney Rafferty showing their strength on the sand by taking out the Open Male and Female Beach Sprint and Beach Flags.
Trigg Island Green powerhouses Will Savage and Macarah Mallis dominated the Open Male & Female Ironman events, with Macarah also taking out the Open Female Board Race ahead of City of Perth’s Sophie Lloyd.
The domination from Trigg Island Green spanned the Mixed Board Relay, Female Single Ski (Jasmine Shipway Carr) and Male & Female Ocean M Relay events, seeing the team take out a top three finish in 12 of the 16 total Open events for the day and finishing on a mammoth 276 points.
Hot on the tails of Trigg Island Green were the City Rhode-Scholars from City of Perth. Matt Collis had the finish of the day, after being smashed off his board by the waves in the final moments of the Male Board Race, he recovered to take first place.
Max Anderson Loake took out first place in the Engine Open Male Surf Race, while pocket rocket Nikita Fredonnet claimed second in the Ironwoman third in the Female Single Ski. Imogen Herrington took out second in the Female Beach Sprint and third in the Flags to see the team end up on 258 points for the day.
Phoebe Ashworth from Fremantle put in a remarkable performance – aging up from her U17 category to take out the Engine Open Female Surf Race.
If you missed any of the Open action from SunSmart WA Surf League, head to Surf Life Saving WA’s Facebook page to re-watch the event.
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