LOCAL LAD: Taj Watson carves up Lennox Head at the Oz Grom Open.
LOCAL LAD: Taj Watson carves up Lennox Head at the Oz Grom Open. Ethan Smith

SkullCandy magic from Sandy Beach surfer

IN GREAT news for local surfing, Sandy Beach junior Taj Watson put on a magical display at the largest junior surfing event in the world.

Taj finished third in the final of 14-and-under boys at the SkullCandy Oz Grom Open at Lennox Head, showing he's improved out of sight in recent months.

Surf columnist Lee Winkler watched Taj perform and came away impressed.

"I watched him dismantle the division through the entire event and make the final against three of the country's best juniors, Mikey McDonagh, Dakota Walters and Keanu Miller," Lee said.

"In the semi final, Taj blitzed his rivals and only just fell short at the end."

However, this is just the result he needed to get him heading in the right direction for the NSW Junior Surfing titles at Rainbow Beach near Bonny Hills.

Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club has well over a dozen surfers representing in the North Coast team.

Also performing well in the opening sessions was Jake Schindler of Sawtell.



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