Denmark surfing young gun Isi Campbell competes in trials for Margaret River Pro

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Isi Campbell.
Camera IconIsi Campbell. Credit: Surfing WA/Jack O’Grady

Young Denmark Surfing whiz Isi Campbell competed at the 2022 Drug Aware WA Trials on Wednesday, making it to the third round of the competition, narrowly missing out on a semifinal berth.

The action-packed competition guaranteed one male and one female WA surfer the opportunity to compete against the world’s best at the World Surf League Margaret River Pro, which began on Sunday.

Surfers were invited to compete based on their performances over the past year, with the trialists a mixture of local boardrider club champions, State champions, national champions, as well the highest rated WA surfers from the WSL Qualifying Series.

Campbell managed to place second in her first heat, finishing with a score of 9.50 out of a possible 20 as she looked to set herself up for a deep run in the competition.

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Isi Campbell competes in the open women's category.
Camera IconIsi Campbell competing. Credit: Surfing WA/Justin Majeks

Felicity Palmateer (15.83) finished on top in the heat, but Campbell edged out Sorrento’s Skyla Tothill (9.43) and Margaret River’s Kaleisha Launders as she secured her place in the next round.

The Denmark gun surfed excellently but was pipped by Yallingup’s Emma Catlin in second place (10.67) and Margaret River’s Willow Hardy (13.90) in first place in the second round.

Cowaramup’s Mia McCarthy was the convincing winner in the tournament, rounding out her day with an outstanding victory of 14.44 points in the final.

The 36th Margaret River Pro, the fifth stop on the World Surf League Championship Tour, is being held from April 24-May 4 at Surfers Point.

As part of her busy surfing schedule, Campbell, 14, is also set to compete in the ISA Junior World Surfing Championships in El Salvador in May.

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