Jake shines on big stage
Margaret River local Jake Ghiretti is the new Australian Junior Wavesailing Champion after an exceptional performance at the recent Australian Wavesailing Titles.
Eleven-year-old Jake was the youngest competitor windsurfing at what were his first national titles.
Busselton’s Camillo Pillonel was also among the standout performers coming fourth in last week’s comp.
Jake and Camillo started windsurfing three years ago through the South West Junior Windsurfing School.
The boys said they loved windsurfing together and encouraged each other to push their limits and try new moves.
“I like sailing with my mates because it makes me feel more confident,” Jake said.
“I have people who know me really well and they can help me if I need help.
“Everyone pushes me. If the other person does it, you feel like if you friend can do it, I want to do that too. It gives me motivation.”
Camillo said the sport made him “way more confident”.
The Australian Wavesailing Titles were held at Coronation Beach in Geraldton from December 5-9.
It was the first time the nationals were held in WA since 2005.
WA juniors dominated the final, knocking out all east coast competitors in previous heats.
In second and third place were Perth boys Kai Marns Morris and Toby Webster.
Organisers said. there had been a strong resurgence in junior windsurfing around the world,
Margaret River’s Jake Ghiretti is the new Australian Junior Wavesailing Champion.