Young Turk makes his mark
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THERE'S a new surfing talent coming out of Mullaway that is making people sit up and take notice.
Angela Keighran has been carving out a name for herself and the town on the pro junior circuit but now Justin Turk is also doing the northern seaside town proud.
Starting today, the 15 year old will be taking on the best young surfers in the country at Ballina as he tries to grab a title at the Australian Grommet Titles.
Turk has been talking to some of the best local surfers who've been to the Grommets including Keighran, Heath Joske and Billy Kean.
"They said that it's good experience and that it's good to surf against the hottest guys in Australia so I'm looking forward to it," the Woolgoolga High student said.
Success at the North Wall this week means a spot in the Australian team to contest in next year's Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships and it's something that Turk has his eye on in the future.
"I really want to make it into the top 44 in the WCT but I really want to go well in the pro juniors first," the natural footer said. "If I go good in the Aussie's, I should be able to get a bit more help with money so I can travel in the pro juniors."
As Ballina is virtually just up the road, Turk believes that having surfed at Lighthouse Beach previously should give him a slight advantage.
"I've surfed there a couple of times in the Rusty Gromfest and stuff so that should help a bit," he said.
"It gets a bit more swell there and it's a lot more powerful wave."
Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow are former winners of the Quicksilver Australian Grommet Title so if Turk can follow in their footsteps, a solid future will be looking assured.