January 28, 2011 : – - Yallingup, Western Australia – Many of Australia’s best 16 and under boy and girl surfers have headed to Taj Burrow country in the pristine south west coast of Western Australia for the annual Billabong Taj’s Small Fries event.
With a reputation of scoring epic waves in what is one of the most surf rich coastlines in Australia, 140 enthusiastic youngsters from all over Australia turned up at Yallingup reef this morning to be greeted by excellent 4 feet clean surf for the opening rounds of the Boy’s 16 and Boy’s 14 year old divisions.
“I can’t believe how many young kids are threshing around Yallingup this weekend,” said Taj who mingled with many of the competitors and took time out to watch quite a few heats. “ I’m that pumped to see the groms flair, every year the standards go up and there’s some super exciting WA surfers coming through – Good waves down here helps really push their surfing.”
“I remember throwing on a singlet for the first time as a little grub here at Yallingup and surfing heats, I used to live for it.” Two of WA’s finest young surfers opened the event with early round heat wins.
Thirteen year old Jack Robinson is surfing above his age division in the 16 Boys and he comfortably won his round one heat while fellow Margaret River local 16 year old Shaun Green was equally impressive defeating talented NSW surfer Jackson Coffee.
Robinson is the defending 16 Boy’s champion and he’s confident surfing against the older surfers here. “It’s good to push my surfing and as long as the waves are good I’m confident I can surf well and hopefully win this event again – surfing an event in good waves here is always fun and we scored great waves last year and it’s looking good again” said Jack.
Yallingup reef looks likely to be the venue for the coming two days with swells predicted to maintain and winds ideal. Full event spreadsheet results across 12, 14 and 16 year division can be found at surfingwa.com.au at the end of each day.