Dy­namic duo mak­ing waves

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Al­bany surf­ing young guns Pemba Spargo and Evie Dupuy are head­ing to NSW to rep­re­sent WA in the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Surf­ing Ti­tles this month.

Emerg­ing Al­bany surfers Pemba Spargo and Evie Dupuy will set their sights on claim­ing a na­tional short­board ti­tle later this month af­ter be­ing named as part of the 25-strong WA Ju­nior Surf­ing Team last week.

Pemba and Evie booked their places on the WA team af­ter strong per­for­mances at the three-event State se­ries.

The close friends are no strangers to na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, hav­ing surfed at that level pre­vi­ously.

This year, the pair will com­pete in the un­der-18 ju­nior girls’ cat­e­gory at the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Surf­ing Ti­tles, which start on Novem­ber 28 in the Cul­burra Beach area, NSW.

Pemba, 15, last year earned a berth at the na­tional ti­tles af­ter re­plac­ing Evie, who had to with­draw through in­jury, and this will be her third na­tional event.

The Al­bany Se­nior High School stu­dent was hop­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence gained last year would help her achieve bet­ter re­sults this year.

“I’m more ex­pe­ri­enced now,” she said.

“Last year, I was 14 com­pet­ing in the un­der-18s and now I’m a year older, up against the same girls. I am hope­ful of a good re­sult.

“I made the quar­ter­fi­nals last year, so I’m keen to make the semis but any­one who goes dreams of mak­ing the fi­nal or pos­si­bly win­ning it.”

Evie and Pemba have been hit­ting surf breaks around the Great South­ern for more than six years to­gether, push­ing each other with friendly com­pe­ti­tion.

Evie, 16, said it was a relief to be part of the WA team af­ter an an­kle in­jury ru­ined her hopes of com­pet­ing last year. “I’ve been once be­fore to na­tion­als in un­der-16s,” she said. “My goal is to surf my best and if I do that, I’ll be happy with my­self and hope­fully that means mak­ing fi­nals.”

The Great South­ern Gram­mar stu­dent said ad­just­ing quickly to the smaller surf con­di­tions in NSW would be key to WA’s hopes of a suc­cess­ful com­pe­ti­tion.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Al­bany surfers Pemba Spargo and Evie Dupuy will rep­re­sent WA at the na­tional ti­tles in NSW later this month.

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