Sol rides high on crest of wave in virtual comp

Jackson BarrettAugusta Margaret River Times
Sol Pogue-Englert can be found at left-handers surf break in Gracetown almost every morning before school.
Camera IconSol Pogue-Englert can be found at left-handers surf break in Gracetown almost every morning before school. Credit: Jackson Barrett

Surfing Australia will be hoping the 2020 Australian Junior Surf Championships will be the first and last to be held virtually, but Gracetown board rider Sol Pogue-Englert didn’t seem to mind.

The Margaret River High School Year 12 student is the new under-18 national champion, after defeating the best junior surfers from around the country last month.

With his dad, Lucas, filming from the shore, Sol surfed a number of different breaks in the region as part of the competition.

“I have done the nationals a few times and have surfed with all these guys and knew what I was coming up against,” he said.

“It was an online competition where we submitted waves virtually.

“I surfed mainly at Left Handers and then at Injidup main break, which is where I did my two waves pretty well for all the rounds and then I got one wave from North Point as well.”

Sol, who grew up in Gracetown, said being able to immerse himself in the surf culture of the coastal community, where he also worked as a surf coach, had been a major factor in his development. “Definitely the help of the Cowaramup Bay Board Riders and my mum and dad, who both surf, has all helped me get into the sport,” he said.

“I just love the feeling of riding on a wave and the way it makes me feel.

“It just makes me happy.”

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