Sawtell local Billy Kean is one of the big names surfing at Sawtell Beach this weekend to compete in the North Coast Regional Titles.
Sawtell local Billy Kean is one of the big names surfing at Sawtell Beach this weekend to compete in the North Coast Regional Titles.

Coffs ready for surfing regionals

THE biggest surfing event to hit the Coffs Coast in 2010 is coming to town this weekend.

Sawtell Beach is set to see some of the country’s most exciting talent on show this weekend as they battle for glory in the Surfing North Coast Regional Titles.

Some big names are already confirmed as starters for the event including Sawtell local Billy Kean and Crescent Heads’ Ellie-Jean Coffey and Jackson O’Donnell.

They will be hosting the Surfing North Coast Regional Titles on Saturday and Sunday at Sawtell Beach. A huge turnout is expected to contest all divisions which will include everything from under 14 boys and girls right through to an over 55 men’s and over 35 women’s division.

There will also be a stand up paddle division for the first time.

The region’s clubs will also compete against each other in a teams challenge event on Saturday with the teams being made up of four male and one female surfer from each of the local clubs Sawtell, Crescent Head, Scotts Head, Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga.

“It’s back to grassroot community surfing with all divisions catered for, as the charged-up grommets and old-salt legends all come together to pay homage to one another,” Red Rooster Sawtell Boardriders club president Rob Ollier said.

Don’t let the fact that this is a regional event fool you into thinking that this weekend’s action is just a Mickey Mouse event. It’s a long way from that.

For many surfing aficionados with a keen eye, it’s events like this that allow the sport’s future stars a chance to shine brightly.

The event has proven to be a successful pathway to the NSW, Australian and World Titles in the past as former ASP surfers Trent Munro, Lee Winkler and Samantha Cornish will attest as they all started their careers in this event.



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