Premier junior surfing

SURFING NSW with the support of the North Coast Surfing Association, Balance Surf and Park Beach Holiday Park will host 284 of the State's premier junior surfers at Coffs Harbour for this five day surfing spectacular, for the Balance Surf NSW State Junior Titles 2005.

Diggers Beach, Coffs Harbour, will tomorrow come alive with the joyful sounds of the best junior surfers in NSW, with the majority vying for a position in the countries strongest State team to compete at the Australian grommet titles in Tasmania later this year.

The 2005 Balance Surf NSW State titles is the perfect stage for all junior surfers in the State to prove their talents in a fun enjoyable setting and to enjoy some of the finest quality waves the North Coast of NSW has to offer.

The Balance Surf NSW State titles is not only the one and only selection event for the NSW State team.

It is also an event which draws the attention of the industry's top talent scouts, who are constantly on the lookout for the raw talent which NSW is famous for producing.

The 2005 titles will give the industry more reason to pay attention due to the increase in competitor numbers for this year's event.

The increased length of the event to five days allows more of an opportunity for the State's junior surfers plus the increase in the popularity of girls into the sport has created an Under 14 girls division for the first time in a State junior titles.

This is a major stepping stone in the development of surfing into mainstream sport, with surfing continually looking to promote and develop women participation in surfing.

This year's junior ritles is jam-packed full of world class surfers, including World Under 16 champion Matt Wilkinson from Copacobana on the Central Coast, 2004 Australian Under 18 girls' runner-up Jess Hickson from the Mid North Coast, Australian Under 16 boys' champion Jamie skillian from the Central Coast and local Australian Under 16 girls Champion Kirra Townsend of Sawtell.

Surfing NSW CEO Mark Windon said the State titles are shaping to be one of the highest quality events ever witnessed in NSW.

"We thought last year's line up was great but it looks as though 2005 will again top that with an increase in competitor numbers and all competitors seem to have a greater hunger to want to win a state titles," Windon said.

"The 2005 Balance Surf NSW State junior titles will no doubt exhibit some of the best junior surfing in Australia, with many of the competitors destined for success on the world stage."

The event will kick off with Wednesday morning from 7.30am at Diggers Beach, with the first round of the Under 16 boys in the water followed by the Under 18 boys.

All girls divisions will be in the water on Friday.

Surfing NSW thank all event partners, Balance Surf, Park Beach Holiday Park and Coffs Harbour City.

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