Surfers on their knees for titles
COFFS Harbour is gearing up for the Australian Kneeboard titles this weekend.
Local kneeboard star Matt Gallagher is currently ranked third in Australia and he will be keen to claim the mantle of national champ off Narrabeen's Kyle Bryant.
It won't be easy for Gallagher though as he will be facing a field of current Australian champions and internationally recognised competitors.
Huskisson kneeboarder Cheyne Simpson is the current world number two and he'll be defending his 2011 result of second place against some of Ireland's finest Kneeboarders who are also making the journey.
No doubt the Aussies will be pushed all the way by Venezuelan pair Alberto Colucci and Armando Colucci.
President of Kneeboard Surf Australia, John Clingan, spoke highly of the Coffs Coast which has hosted the event for eight successful years.
"The area has a fantastic selection of world class beaches and contest venues," Clingan said.
"We return each year to Coffs as we have such great support from the local council and business community, each year we see new entrants from all over.
"Local businesses have consistently given us support over the years and now the collaboration with Surfing NSW has really given the kneeboard community recognition and strengthened our organisation."
Surfing NSW and Kneeboard Surf Australia have been working together to strengthen the sport and continue the growth, which is evident in this year's entries, as a micro-grom division has been added which allows parents to assist in the water.
At the very young age of 5 years old, Ashton Cooper from Newcastle will be learning new skills with his fellow micro-groms under the age of eight.
There is just three of them but they will be having a ball and walk away with a video of their day at the Australian Kneeboard Titles.
All that is needed now is for two days of great waves to create some exciting action.