Competitors from around the world will be making waves when Geraldton hosts the Jaffle Shack Oceania Youth Wave Titles this week. Some of the top young wind surfers from across the globe will be in Geraldton as the Mid West hub plays host for the big event from January 18-21, which is part of the Professional Windsurfing International Wave Tour. It is the first time that Australia will host a globally significant youth wave sailing event, enabling local Aussies to progress in the world circuit at their home turf. The event plays a major role in the tour, with five-star world ranking points for the under-18s and pro junior divisions. It will also be the official Australasian Regional Final for the under-13 and under-15s divisions. International Wave Tour director Simeon Glasson has high expectations for the Geraldton event. “The event is expected to be the largest dedicated junior wave sailing event in the southern hemisphere,” he said. Competitors will be travelling from as far as Latvia for the event. Multiple West Australians are in prime position to perform well, including 15-year-old Geraldton local Sarah Kenyon, who finished sixth in the 2023 World Junior Girls rankings. “I’d love to call myself regional champion. I’ve been training really hard, so it would be good to put all that effort towards something,” Kenyon said. “I’d love to travel for windsurfing. It would be a dream come true to travel the world doing something you love.” Top competitor in the under-18s division and Margaret River local Jake Ghiretti said the Geraldton beaches would provide variety during the week. “Geraldton offers so much different variety of conditions; you have jumping, good wave riding and it suits all levels of windsurfing,” he said. “It’s a place that can be ridden by top of the top, but it’s also such a great spot to learn. There’s a lot of beaches, a lot of wind, and a lot of waves in different shapes and sizes.” The event will be held on the two best afternoons between January 18-21, with younger divisions competing at Coronation Beach, while Oakajee River and Sunset Beach will host the under-18 and under-21 divisions.