Williams after sponsorship
WHEN Coffs Harbour surfer Madison Williams finished on the podium in his last junior event, good mates and fellow local surfers Heath Joske and Jayke Sharp stood beside him.
Since then both Joske and Sharp have progressed to the World Qualifying Series, leaving 22-year-old Williams unable to follow them due to a lack of financial support.
He even took up rugby league with the Coffs Harbour Comets and during his rookie year, broke through into first grade.
However, Jim Beam’s new innovative competition ‘The Break’ might see Williams reunited with his surfing mates after all.
“This is what I’ve been waiting for, the opportunity to travel and surf with my mates, it’s what I’ve been aspiring to all my life,” he said.
Williams entered the online contest that will give one lucky male surfer $50,000 sponsorship in cash and prizes to help in an assault on next year’s WQS tour.
“I attempted the tour in 2009 but could only compete in limited events which was frustrating,” Williams recalled.
“I’ve since been doing some landscaping with my dad and saving so I can travel and do more events. It’s tough seeing your mates ripping on tour without you.”
Fifteen finalists will be selected to attend the Jim Beam The Break surf camp in January.