GROMS’ TOP 100 TALENT

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Sophie Butcher piggybacks Australian under-18 champion Coral Durant.
Camera IconSophie Butcher piggybacks Australian under-18 champion Coral Durant. Credit: Fiona Butcher

It may be summer and flat as a pancake, but two Mid West surf stars have something to froth about.

Sophie Butcher surfs in Indonesia.
Camera IconSophie Butcher surfs in Indonesia. Credit: Fiona Butcher

Geraldton Board Riders competitor Sophie Butcher and Australian under-18 champion Coral Durant, whose home break is the punishing surf of the Gascoyne, were both included in the top 100 groms talent list in Surfing Life magazine.

Editor Ray Bisschop confirmed Sophie came in at No. 27, while Coral was ranked fourth nationally.

Coral Durant on a wave.Picture: Justin Majeks
Camera IconCoral Durant on a wave.Picture: Justin Majeks Credit: Justin Majeks

“Big congratulations,” he said.

Reid Durant, Coral’s dad, said with competitions such as the Surfing Australia junior titles in Stradbroke Island, Queensland called off and replaced by video submissions, she had missed the final cut.

The Mid West's Coral Durant and Sophie Butcher made it into the top 100 junior surfers in Surfing Life's ranking.
Camera IconThe Mid West's Coral Durant and Sophie Butcher made it into the top 100 junior surfers in Surfing Life's ranking. Credit: Surfing Life/Supplied

“She blitzed the first round. (Then), she went to the east coast and pretty much got skunked,” missing out on the swell, he said.

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