Big thrill for boys
By GREG WHITE
AS they prepared for the big adventure at Cronulla beach this weekend, Jedd Mitchell and Tyson Hoffman found controlling their excitement difficult.
The livewire nippers from the Bellinger Valley - North Beach Surf Life Saving Club are contesting the New South Wales state championships over three days, leaving their parents bursting with pride.
"We are a little club on the improve," Barry Mitchell told the Coffs Coast Advocate.
"There may be only 50 juniors in the club but we've managed to produce four branch champions."
In fact, at the branch titles on Park Beach three weeks back, Bello/North Beach claimed the 'most improved' tag over clubs five times their size.
The lads are quick to point out their favourite events.
"Wave racing," Jedd piped up.
"Beach sprints," Tyson chimed in.
But life in the surf isn't the only passion the close mates share.
Rugby league unites them in winter and they'll play together in the Sawtell Panthers under 8's during the coming months.
"Benji Marshall is my favourite player," young Jedd is quick to offer but it's here the youngsters' choice in sporting stars begins to diverge.
For Tyson is a WWE wrestling fanatic and his favourite figure in the grappling game is Rey Mesterio.
"He's really tricky," Tyson says.
And as both are daredevils, each reckons an afternoon of indoor rock climbing would not go astray.
But for now, footy and wrestling will have to wait.
In the next three days there's summer surf business for Jedd and Tyson to complete in the waters of the 'Shire.