Has nationals in her sights

West Australian teenage surfing queen Emma Cattlin has retained her crown.

The 17-year-old successfully defended her under-18 champion status during this year’s Woolworths WA Junior Surfing Titles.

In a move fitting for surfing royalty, the South West Academy of Sport athlete was chaired along Flat Rocks, Geraldton when she was named the title holder at the penultimate event in the series.

“It was my third – and I actually won the 16s the same year as my first year of winning the 18s,” Cattlin said.

“I’ve actually won four state titles in three years.

“It’s just a great feeling – on top of the world.”

The win grants Cattlin a place in the WA team, allowing her to once again ascend to the pinnacle of junior surfing in Australia – the Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles.

This year’s nationals will be held in Margaret River in December, giving the Yallingup resident a home advantage.

Cattlin, who was named Queen of the Point earlier this year and represented Australia at the 2018 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in California, is familiar with the event.

“Nationals is pretty tough competition,” Cattlin said.

“There’s heaps of over east girls that rip.

“And it’s such a good vibe representing Team WA and competing against the other states.”

Photos: Suring WA/Justin Majeks