Articles tagged with "Margaret River"

29.01.09 news and cams of interest

Posted by: on January 29th, 2009

Hi All

The best of the Australian surf cams I could find this morning was coastalwatch’s Margs cam. Proper waves out west for you lucky pups. Qld, NSW and Vic all look knee to waist high for the most part.

About the best live cam I could find overseas was’s Rocky Point unit on the north shore. Not super clean, but some size at least…

Looks as though today’s high tide spots will be the low tide spots for our kids and grandkids – according to the latest research from the CSIRO. Here’s a taste from the story on the ABC site.

Dr John Church told the committee a sea level rise of 80 to 90 centimetres by 2100 seems likely.

He says strong action now will not stop significant coastal disruption.

“We cannot prevent all sea level rise. We will have to adapt to some sea level rise,” he said.

The scientists say that uncertainty about melting icecaps means it is hard to predict the impact of rising sea levels on the Australian coastline.

I wonder what the rising tide’ll do to surf spots such as the Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland? According to this write up in the Santa Barbara Independent, there’s a good new surf movie about Irish surfing making its world debut in my old home town. The doco is called Waveriders and is the work of a guy named Joel Conroy. Here’s a bit of the blurb from the film’s website:

Waveriders is the previously untold story of the unlikely Irish roots of the worldwide surfing phenomenon and today’s pioneers of Irish big wave surfing. The story unfolds through the inspirational and ultimately tragic history of Irish/Hawaiian legendary waterman, George Freeth. Freeth, son of an Irishman, was responsible for the rebirth of this sport of Hawaiian kings in the early twentieth century. With its distinguished cast of world-renowned Irish, British and Irish/American surfers WAVERIDERS journeys full-circle from Hawaii to California and back to Irish shores following Freeth’s wave of influence. This journey reaches a spectacular climax when the surfers conquer the biggest swell ever to have been ridden in Ireland catching monster waves of over fifty feet.

NSW surfers clean sweep individual Australian Junior Titles

Posted by: on December 8th, 2008



Dean Bowen (NSW/Culburra) took a massively impressive win in perfect surf

Dean Bowen (NSW/Culburra) took a massively impressive win in perfect surf



Dean Bowen and Paige Hagerston (NSW) Win Australian Junior Under 18 Titles in Excellent Waves at MargaretRiver

Sunday December 7, 2008: Dean Bowen served notice today that he could well be the next emerging young  Australian surfing star with an incredible display of powered precision surfing as he demolished the field to win the Australian under 18 Junior Surfing Title.

Throughout the event Bowen was the surfer to beat and he left nothing to chance in the final opening with an excellent 8.65, backing it up immediately with another excellent 8.75 and then at the half way point of the final sealing the deal with an outstanding 9.5 ride!

“ I have absolutely loved the waves here all week at Margaret River and it’s just so great to win an Australian Junior Title – Past winners like Parko (Joel Parkinson) and Tom Carroll went on to become legends of the sport and to win this event is really special” said an ecstatic Bowen after his win.

“It gets me into the world junior titles in Ecuador next year and I’m so looking forward to that event – To represent Australiathere will be great and already I’m confident we can win – Australia has the best surfers as far as I’m concerned and we’ll be going there to show that to the world!”


Dean Bowen.

Dean Bowen.



Bowen’s massive tally of 18.25 out of a possible 20 left all his rivals chasing a combination of scores to try and catch him with Queensland’s Tim McDonald coming in 2nd on 14.25 followed by fellow south coast NSW surfer Jordi Watson on 13.5 and South Australia’s Khai Adams in 4th place on 9.75.

Bowen also complimented his big win today by scoring the events only perfect 10 point ride in his semi final and most who witnessed his performance this week are in no doubt the powerful and likeable goofy foot surfer has a big and immediate future in the sport along with a resemblance in style and power to Australia’s most recent champion goofy footer (right foot forward) surfer Mark Occhilupo!

The girls under 18 final was a far closer battle today. The lead see sawed throughout between the three dominant NSW girls and in the end Paige Haggerston (Coal Point/NSW/Newcastle) and Sth Coast NSW surfer Kirby Wright finished tied in first place on 14.10 with Haggerston getting the result on a countback due to a highest scoring ride of 7.35 to Wright’s 7.25.


Paige Haggerston.

Paige Haggerston.



“ I can’t belive I’ve won such a close final!” said Haggerston “I was struggling in last place half way through the final but then found a really good wave and put myself in contention – I just searched hard for a decent ride in the final 5 minutes and when I got one I knew I had to get another good score to defeat Kirby and somehow I’ve made it – It’s the best feeling!”

Haggerston’s win today also will see her off to Ecuador next March representing Australia at the World under 18 surfing championships.


Paige is all the rage.

Paige is all the rage.



Cooper Chapman (Nth Narrabeen/Sydney) rounded off an amazing day for NSW by taking a big win in the under 16 Boys division. Chapman found form in the final 15 minutes of his final coming from last place to first with two excellent 8 point plus rides to take the title with a score of 16.75 to Central Coast NSW surfer Dylan Cummings in 2nd place on 14.5. Third in today’s under 16’s went Tasmania’s Hamish Renwick with Victoria’s Harrison Mann in 4th place.

The Australian Schools teams finals were also completed today and they enjoyed the absolute best of the pristine perfect surf to 2m at Margaret River today.

A number of epic duals went down with massive scores throughout. The School most likely to boast bragging rights as Australia’s number one school for surfing goes to Margaret River who took two massive schools titles (out of a possible 3 titles) today with wins to under 19 Boys Pair Matt Baldock and Jethro Hedstrom   and also a win in the under 16 Boys represented by Creed McTaggart and Shaun Greene. The girls from Margaret River also did the school proud with Laura and Bronte Macaulay placing 2nd in the under 19 Girls division behind Victorian pair from Newhaven Collage, Nikki Van Dijk and Jessica Laing.

Margaret River High schools boys in both the 19’s and 16’s defeated Queensland school Currumbin Palm Beach Secondary school and both finals were incredibly close!

With two wins and a second placing out of three schools finals nationally, Margaret River can definitely claim the mantle as the best surf school in the country!

Margaret River High School Surfing captain Matt Baldock said after surfing his under 19 team to a win “We have a surfing academy at the school and todays win by the 16’s and 19’s and 2nd place in the Girls 19’s confirms what a great program we have going – It’s special for us and for the school – we’re stoked and the teachers will be stoked too!”

The event overall has been one of the best Australian Junior Titles ever with a mixture of excellent large 3m plus surf through to today’s immaculate conditions which were complimented by sensational performances across the board.

Next year sees the event travel to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and with a new sponsor jumping onboard, this event will continue to nurture Australia’s best surfers. New sponsor to be announced by official release tomorrow!

Final Results – Australian Junior Surfing Titles 2008

Under 18 Boys: D. Bowen, T. McDonald, J. Watson, K. Adams

Under 18 Girls: P. Haggerston, K. Wright, P. Anderson, F. Palmeteer

Under 16 Boys: C. Chapman, D. Cummings, H. Renwick, H. Mann

Under 16 Girls: T. Wright, M. Greene, B. Doyle, N. Van Dijk

Teams Titles: NSW 1st!

Under 16 All Stars Boys: Victoria, NSW

Under 19 All Star Girls: NSW, Victoria

Under 19 All Star Boys: Victoria, NSW

Under 19 MR Boys: Margaret River High School, Currumbin/Palm Beach SHS

Under 19 MR Girls: Newhaven College Vic, Margaret River HS

Under 16 MR Boys: Margaret River HS, Currumbin Palm Beach SHS

Schools Teams Standings for 2008: shortly announced

With so many multiple divisions across individuals and school teams surfing, the event mini site, which is located on the front page of is the place to find results spreadsheets across all these divisions.

Winners across the Boys and Girls 18 division and Boys 16 division will become automatic selections for the Australian Junior Team which will compete in Ecuador next March at the ISA World Junior Titles.

Finals will run this coming weekend.

Waves in WA for Aust Jr. Titles

Posted by: on December 2nd, 2008
PRESS RELEASE: Australian Junior Surfing Titles, Margaret River; Western Australia,
Tuesday December 2nd – Australia’s top junior surfers will face awesome conditions at Margaret River today with waves around 10ft (3m) and clean offshore winds – Under 16 Boys are scheduled to hit the water first and we expect amazing images of surfers like Matt Banting (Port Macquarie), Jake Sylvester (Newcastle), Noa Deane (Gold Coast), Harrison Mann (Torquay) and many more of the talented youngsters who will probably face the biggest waves of their young careers this morning.
Experienced water men and former ASP World Tour competitors Dave MacCauley and Rob Bain along with a number of local experienced surfers will be on hand to oversee what should be a great day of Australian Junior Surfing –
Watch for the quality digital images and copy by early afternoon today!

Winners across the Boys and Girls 18 division and Boys 16 division will become automatic selections for the Australian Junior Team which will compete in Ecuador next March at the ISA World Junior Titles.

Finals will run this coming weekend.

This event is possible due to the support of Surfing Australia, Surfing Western Australia, Australian Schools Surfing Associations, Coastalwatch, Dept Sport & Recreation – WA, Quiksilver, Australian Sports Commission, SunSmart, Shire of Augusta Margaret River, Australia’s Surfing Life and Water Corporation – WA

The Australian Junior Surfing Titles will be running live scores, results, audio, photos and videos from the 1 – 7 December 2008 – Access the event mini site via the front page of