Justin flies the flag for Mullaway

THE state's best junior surfers have packed up and left town following the completion of the New South Wales titles.

Most of the contest was held at the southern corner of Diggers beach in some challenging conditions.

Howling southerly winds persisted throughout the event, and by Sunday afternoon the finalist and judges had to contend with the pouring rain as well.

Our best finishing local was Mullaway surfer Justin Turk, who came third in the under-16 boys final.

Garrett Parkes won the under-16s by catching only two waves for the entire heat. An eight-point ride only backed up by a two-point ride was just enough to outscore his opponents in a wave-starved final.

The under-18 boys was won by Chris Salisbury, who has now scored victories in every division since starting in the under-14s.

This sort of record almost guarantees him a successful surfing future.

In other divisions, Cooper Chapman took out the under-14s boys, Ali Kelly was the winner of the under-14 girls' final, Laura Enever won the under-16 girls and Sally Fitzgibbons added yet other title to her overflowing trophy cabinet by taking out the under-18 girls final.

The qualifiers will now turn their attention to Ballina where the upcoming Australian titles will be held in late November.

THE next big competition to hit the Coffs coast isn't that far off.

The Barney Miller Classic will take over the beaches of Sawtell on the last weekend of this month.

More info and entry forms can be downloaded from the website: www.barneymiller.com.au.

THE WCT tour is on show in California this week at Trestles Beach.

Current world number two Taj Burrow is already through to the third round with some devastating surfing on the first day of competition.

The standard was beyond exceptional in the 3-4 foot surf. Kelly Slater's first round performance was awesome.

He was again the standout surfer and remains the one to beat. Tune into the webcast to see the highlights of his victory, well worth a look.

Other Aussies through to the third round include Joel Parkinson, Nathan Hedge, Occy and Danny Wills. Shaun Cansdell will have to come through round two after been narrowly defeated by Andy Irons in their first-round match-up.

He will face Brazilian surfer Pedro Henrique, a task far less daunting than Andy Irons.

For any surf news, contact Tom on 6656 4650 or through the website www.stimages.com.au.

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