Mandurah youngster Maverick Wilson will hit the surf in Sydney later this week as he takes to the water for the Rip Curl GromSearch under 12s national final.
The local grommet will be shredding waves with a chance to compete for Australia at the world Gromsearch titles on the line, and heads into the competition after taking out a win in the WA state event in October.
At just nine-years-old (turning 10 this year), Maverick will be one of the youngest surfers to ever represent Western Australia at the national event.
“We’re really stoked for Mav, it’s a really great result for him and he’s pretty pumped to fly over to Sydney and surf,” his father Matt said.
“It’s been a bit of a quiet year in terms of competitions for him, so he’s pretty excited to get back to it.”
Maverick will surf a minimum of two heats, with the top-placed youngsters progressing through to quarter, semi and grand finals.
A keen surfer since he could stand on a board, Matt described Maverick as a fierce competitor in the water.
“He really takes it in his stride and he’s definitely not scared to take on what some of the bigger kids might be taking on,” he said.
Both Maverick and his older brother Phoenix are part of the Mandurah Board Riders.