A wave of surf success
COFFS Harbour brothers Otis and Jarwin Carey rode a wave of success at the recent Billabong Indigenous titles at Newcastle.
Otis, 16, finished third in the open division with Jarwin, 14, in fourth.
While there was a fair gap between the brothers, the gap was much closer between second and third.
Otis came within a whisker of being runner-up, after just getting pipped by 2001 Australian champion Tevita Gauklou.
"I didn't really set myself any goals, I just went out there to surf," Otis said.
"But I was pretty happy to finish third."
The result suggests Otis is in for a good year.
"My main goal this year is just to improve my surfing," he says.
"I also want to get a bit of footage together to help attract some sponsorship."
Otis's surfing has gone to a new level this year on a custom-made board from sponsor Chris Henry.
"I've improved a lot since I've had the new board," Otis said.
"That has given me a lot of confidence."
Just making the final was a huge achievement for Jarwin, who knocked out gun Coolangatta surfer Dale Richards, who was runner-up at last year's World Junior Indigenous titles in Tahiti.
"I was pretty surprised when I beat him, I thought I would get knocked out," Jarwin said.
The boys agreed there was no rivalry between them in the final.
"No, I just paid him out and yelled to him when he was on a wave," Otis said.
"It was the first time we have surfed together in a final, but it was good.
"It just felt like another surf session at Coffs."
"But it would have been good to beat him," Jarwin added.