Wild­cards for Capes rid­ers

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Trades & Services -

Duns­bor­ough’s Ol­lie Henry and Yallingup’s Emma Cat­tlin have been named wild­cards for the inau­gu­ral Cape Nat­u­ral­iste Pro next week af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by the Yallingup Board­rid­ers Club.

The Cape Nat­u­ral­iste Pro is the first in­ter­na­tion­ally sanc­tioned surf­ing event in Yallingup, home to WA surfers Taj Bur­row, Jake Pater­son, Claire Bevilac­qua, and Melanie Red­man-Carr.

Cat­tlin, 16, is one of WA’s best fe­male surfers and is set to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the ISA World Ju­nior Surf­ing Cham­pi­onships in the US at Hunt­ing­ton Beach later this month.

“It feels so amaz­ing to re­ceive a wild­card to com­pete in this big event com­ing to my home break,” she said.

“There's a great field of girls that will be surf­ing and it’s a per­fect way for me to warm up and get some good heat prac­tice in be­fore head­ing away to the ISA Worlds.”

Henry grew up on the Gold Coast be­fore mov­ing to WA with his fam­ily, and looked for­ward to the com­pe­ti­tion. “I ap­pre­ci­ate the faith that the Yallingup Board­rid­ers have put in me when giv­ing me the wild­card,” he said. “I’m not a real comp dude — this is my first WSL event and it could pos­si­bly be my last, but I’m go­ing to give it my all out there.”

Yallingup Board­rid­ers Club pres­i­dent Garth Mul­lumby was thrilled to see lo­cal surfers get the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in a WSL Qual­i­fy­ing Se­ries event in their back­yard. “There’s a lot of buzz and ex­cite­ment around the town and I know a lot of groms are keen to come and watch,” he said.

“We chose Ol­lie be­cause it would be an op­por­tu­nity he wouldn’t have had with­out the sup­port of the club and Surf­ing WA. We’ve been watch­ing Emma progress and im­prove for years and we hope this event can help kick­start her pro­fes­sional ca­reer.”

City of Bus­sel­ton Mayor Grant Hen­ley con­grat­u­lated the pair and said the Pro was a “real win” for the com­mu­nity.

“Clearly this an amaz­ing path­way op­por­tu­nity for ta­lented surfers like Emma and Ol­lie, while the Cape Nat­u­ral­iste Pro will draw many peo­ple into our amaz­ing re­gion,” he said.

The Western Aus­tralian Pro Surf Se­ries starts with the Man­durah Pro from to­mor­row un­til Tues­day, and the Cape Nat­u­ral­iste Pro will be from Oc­to­ber 18- 21.

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