Margaret River’s Jane Seman and Jake Ghiretti make history with podium finish in 2022 IWT


A mother and son from Margaret River have made history by finishing on the podium in the 2022 International Windsurfing Tour Wave Tour.

Jane Seman finished second in the Pro Women’s division, while her 15-year-old son, Jake Ghiretti, placed third in the Youth section of the tournament.

This achievement was all the more spectacular given the mum from Margs had not competed on the world tour scene in more than 20 years.

The pair travelled the globe participating in events in Fiji, Peru, and Hawaii.

The idea of competing on the world stage together was borne out of love and support for her son Jake, currently rated No. 1 in Australia in the U-19 windsurfing division.

Add to that her passion for a sport she has competed in successfully for over four decades saw them cast caution to the winds and enjoy an experience of a lifetime together.

“I wanted to show Jake what life on the circuit was like and give him a chance to experience world-class events. Also, I didn’t want to sit on the beach and watch people I might be able to beat,” Jane said.

“I still wanted to compete and see where I was in the sport.”

Camera IconJake Ghiretti. Credit: DAVID BAILEY

The plan to rule the waves began in Fiji with Jane winning the inaugural Fiji Pro invitational event at Cloudbreak, near Tavarua Island, a world top-10 surf break.

“I didn’t really know what to expect as I haven’t competed internationally for such a long time. Big waves are what I enjoy, so I was confident in the conditions and just focused on sailing Cloudbreak as best as I could,” she said.

“I wanted to enjoy the privilege of getting to wave sail such an incredible wave with nobody else out.”

Thriving in powerful left-hand waves, she convincingly beat former world champions Jessica Crisp and Angela Cochrane in the finals.

“I was a bit nervous at the start and just had some OK waves. I thought I’d finished my heat, but this really big set wave came through super wide, and I was able to get it,” Jane said.

“It was just so clean and perfect, and I got into a really nice rhythm riding that one. It just gave me complete confidence. I think I got a 9.25 for that wave and the judges said I got the highest heat total of the day.

“I didn’t look back after that one — I felt at home out there.”

The in-form mum’s next stop was Peru, where she met up with Jake, the pair taking part in the Pacasmayo Classic in the north of the country.

Pacasmayo has some of the longest waves in the world, with riders regularly experiencing 1.4 to 1.6km rides.

It was so much fun competing and travelling with Jake.

Jake finished fourth in the youth division, with another West Aussie, 17-year-old Ollie Desforges second behind Japanese sensation Hayata Ishii.

A disappointed Jake said: “I felt pretty angry with myself, I knew I could have done so much better, but I made a major mistake at the start. But losing got me angry and fired up for my next heats, and I ended up winning the amateur open division.”

Disaster struck Jane in the first of three finals when she broke a boom end on her second wave.

Despite the setback, she finished second in the Peru leg of the tour. Following their saltwater experience, mother and son found comfort in catch-up with Jake’s 93-year-old grandfather in Peru.

“I am half Peruvian, and it was so good to compete and have family there I had not seen in three years,” she said.

The final event was the prestigious Aloha Classic in Maui, Hawaii.

The wind blows from the right, which meant they had to sail ‘switch foot’ compared with what they usually sail in WA.

Arriving three weeks early to prepare, the wind gods didn’t co-operate, and they only had a few days to practice. It wasn’t enough; Jake finished in fourth place at the Aloha Classic, while Jane finished fifth.

“It was so much fun competing and travelling with Jake,” Jane said.

“We went to some of the best wave-sailing places in the world, and that experience alone was incredible.”

Jake agreed but added, “Mum is my top coach,” as he hugged his mum.



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