Ready to compete at this year's ISA World Junior Surfing Championship

Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore, Gabriel Medina…and soon, you will be able to add Emma Cattlin to the list.

The Yallingup teenager will follow in the footsteps of a long-list of surfing greats when she competes at this year’s ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.

The 16-year-old South West Academy of Sport athlete will join future stars of the sport at Huntington Beach, California from October 27 to November 4 when she flies the flag for Australia at the largest junior surfing competition in the world.

The only West Australian girl to make the 12-strong Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Team, Cattlin secured her ticket to Surf City USA following outstanding results in the 2017 Surf N’ Ski Australian Junior Surf Titles.

Cattlin claimed third at nationals in December, and then cemented her status as one of the country’s top junior surfers by claiming the under-18 girls state champion title.

Most recently, her potential was recognised by the South West Academy of Sport, which offered her a place in the organisation’s individual athlete support program.

Cattlin said she had already benefited from being part of the program, with what she’s learned from SWAS expected to come in handy when she competes at the world junior surfing championships.

Anticipating a high level of competition and an exciting atmosphere when she steps on to Huntington Beach, the power surfer is looking forward to her time on the international stage as she progresses her surfing career.

“I definitely want to be a professional on the tour for sure, but yeah, step by step,” she said.

(Picture: Surfing WA/Woolacott