Mixing it with best
SURFERS from the Coffs coast are continuing to produce excellent results on the world surfing arena.
Last weekend the local boys took it up to the nations best juniors in the Newcastle leg of the Pro Teen series.
Heath Joske from Valla beach was the inform surfer nailing down the highest wave and heat score of the event. During his quarterfinal he scored a 19.15 out of a possible 20.
The best waves eluded Heath in the final and he fell just short of Dion Atkinson and Owen Wright and had to settle for third.
Woolgoolga's James Athorn also secured his best result of the year finishing equal fifth.
Up to this event James had been unable to get through the early rounds of the junior series, which shows just how competitive this tour is.
Maddison Williams from Coffs Harbour chalked up another impressive result to go with his success in a recent Gold coast event placing equal ninth.
Three youngsters from our area in the top ten of this international competition shows we have more talent coming through to back up guys like Lee Winkler and Shaun Cansdell.
Kira Townsend, another Coffs coast sensation is heading off to compete in the world titles in Brazil.
However she does need our support, so the Coffs and Sawtell boardriders have organized a fundraising event to launch Kira into surf stardom.
Its on April 11 at the Sawtell RSL, there will be a three-course dinner, with chances to win prizes and entertainment coming from Wooden Vibes.
It will be a great evening and you will be a part of Kira's path towards a career in professional surfing. Get along!
Everyone's favorite pro Mark Occhilupo won the WQS Margaret River classic earlier this week.
Occy won this same event 21 years ago.
The guy is turning 40 in June and he's still taking them all down.
He is now a firm favourite to take out the Newcastle WQS comp that got underway earlier this week.
Many of our local chargers will also be competing.
I will bring you up to date next Friday on how they all went.
Sunday saw the second round of the Sawtell Boardriders played out in fun three-foot waves at Sawtell's main beach.
Nearly 40 surfers from junior divisions to the over 40's had a great time competing with their mates.
The winners were: Juniors Leo Schneider, Over 40's Richard Smith, B grade Mark Heward and Billy Kean won the A grade division.
The club is encouraging all surfers, especially girls and juniors to get along to the next round held on May 28.
Contact Caspian on 0421138891 for further info.
The Coffs Harbour boardriders comp ran the weekend before and it coincided with a huge 8-10 foot easterly swell.
Contest organiser Bryn Goode was super impressed by the under 16's taking on some massive set waves.
Standouts in the other divisions were Steve and Greg Simpson, The Turks and Andrew 'Chappy' Chauncy.
The winners of each division were Tom Kelly (under 14's), Mikey Curnow (under 16's), Billy Kean (under 18's), Chappy in the seniors and Maddison Williams took out the opens.
We have had another pretty good run of surf over the last week.
It went from almost flat on Saturday to overhead clean waves by Sunday morning.
The swell has fluctuated in size throughout the working week, but has given something worth surfing everyday.
Looking at the charts going into the weekend we can expect yet another solid swell.
We seem to be getting them almost weekly at the moment.
It should arrive to us in full force by Sunday and carry through to at least Tuesday next week.
The swell will come straight out of the south, so the protected corners will only see half the size of the open beaches, but some reports are predicting up to 10-foot surf.
Please Contact Tom on 66 564650 or through our website www.stimages.com.au with any local surf content.