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Young rid­ers take on Cowaramup

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Taelor Pelusey Jahnu Packer in ac­tion.

Beau­ti­ful con­di­tions and warm weather blessed the Cowaramup Bay Board­rid­ers’ third club meet of the year on Sun­day as young surfers were put through their paces at Karates.

Club pres­i­dent Lu­cas En­glert told the Times while it was a lit­tle big on some of the sets, the young surfers all gave it “a red-hot crack”.

“It was big­ger than some of them are used to, but they pushed them­selves,” he said.

“We def­i­nitely saw some real stand­outs.”

Jolan Bonelli took out first place in the un­der-18 boys, fol­lowed by Cy Cox, Ben Gradisen and Phoenix Yate­man.

First place in the un­der-16 boys went to Ry Dempsey, with Finn Cox, Jed Gradisen and Jahnu Packer com­ing in sec­ond, third and fourth re­spec­tively.

En­glert praised Dempsey’s re­turn “with a vengeance” and said it was good to see the young surfer back on the win­ners’ podium.

Ara­belle Gib­son was named win­ner for the un­der-16 girls, fol­lowed by Zali Hew­son, Lili Cox and Mad­die Ca­wood.

Sol Pogue-En­glert took out the un­der-14 boys’ con­test, with Ge­orge Simp­son, Brock Laun­ders and Jo­maya Tay­lor fol­low­ing.

Harper Ge­orge won the un­der-12 boys’ cat­e­gory and Kaleshia Laun­ders won the girls’ cat­e­gory.

Sid­ney En­glert and Leif Fouire fol­lowed Ge­orge in sec­ond and third place, while Wil­low Hardy, Ruby Berry and Skye Ca­wood were in hot pur­suit of Laun­ders, plac­ing sec­ond, third and fourth.

En­glert said there were a host of reg­u­lars on the win­ners’ podium and named Harper Ge­orge, Syd En­glert, Jo­maya Tay­lor and Ge­orge Simp­son as some of the stand-out surfers of the com­pe­ti­tion.

In the novice cat­e­gory, Max Ghiretti, Kye Laun­ders, Olive Hardy and Isaac Wil­cox placed first, sec­ond, third and fourth re­spec­tively, with Ghiretti also claim­ing wave of the day.

“His dad pushed him onto this pretty big wave and he rode it all the way to the beach,” En­glert said.

“The judges were fo­cus­ing on the main com­pe­ti­tion at the time but you could see their fo­cus shift to the novice comp.

“It was just a great wave, and re­ally good to see.”

Jed Gradisen, who was third in the un­der-16 boys’ comp, also claimed the wipe­out of the day.

Pic­tures: Amp Surf Pho­tog­ra­phy

Noah Good­win rides a wave at the Cowaramup Bay Board­rid­ers meet.

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