Kirra's number one
By STEVE ARCHBOLD
SAWTELL'S surfing sensation Kirra Townsend stamped her class on the Quiksilver Australian grommet titles winning the under-16 girls final at Woolamai Beach in Victoria on Saturday.
Kirra, 15, returned to Coffs Harbour on Sunday with an Australian championship trophy in her hand after coming out on top in a tight tussle with Brianna Lenton from Queensland's Sunshine Beach.
Lenton was unable to back up the highest scoring ride of the final, a 7.03 and was forced to settle for second.
The Coffs Harbour area is also celebrating the strong performance of Mullaway's Angela Keighran who was third in the under-16 girls while Jayke Sharpe from Sandy Beach took fifth in the under-18 boys.
NSW made a clean sweep of the national titles.
Tim Wrench, 17, from Ulladulla won the under-18 boys division while Kingscliff's Stephanie Gilmore picked up the girls under-18 title.
The under-16 boys national title was taken out by Jamie Skillin from Toukley on the Central Coast.
Gilmore won't be able to rest on her laurels as she heads straight to Tahiti to contest this week's Quiksilver ISA world junior surfing championships at Papenoo Beach where 175 competitors representing 20 nations will be involved chasing honours in the under-16 boys and under-18 boys and girls divisions.
Conditions for the surfers varied all week