Kira dreams of pro tour place
A RICH vein of form riding the waves has given 16 year old surfer Kira Townsend the chance to dream about making it on the pro tour.
Not only is Townsend making a good fist of competitions among her own age group but she's doing very well when she takes on the older surfers in the open section.
The Christian Community student is racking up a string of good results and spent her school holidays competing in various competitions up and down the coast.
Starting at Duranbah for the Occy Gromfest, Townsend surfed her way through to the final, eventually finishing fourth.
Then it was on to Lennox Head where she was knocked out before reaching the final stages of the Rusty Gromfest.
That's a pretty busy busy schedule for a young surfer but after only a couple of day's rest it was down the Pacific Highway to Old Bar.
There Townsend finished third in the Under 18s final and was narrowly beaten by Jess Hickson in the Opens final.
Townsend was disappointed with the final result as the winning prize was a a surf trip to Indonesia to take on some of the famous breaks that country's many islands have to offer.
At the end of the day though she got over the disappointment rather quickly.
"I'm just happy to be out there surfing," she said.
During the winter months, the Sawtell girl still gets out two or three times a week for a surf but during the summer holidays she practically lives on the water.
Surfing with your mates and competition are two different things though.
"I still get sort of nervous in competitions," she explained.
"But I have a bit more confidence in myself now.
"I find against the older girls that you can surprise yourself out there."
With all that driving around her parents are ecstatic that this year's State titles in September are being held in Coffs Harbour.
Kira qualified for the Australia titles at Soldier's Beach in October when she finished an excellent fourth in the open division of the women's masters series in Wollongong on the weekend.