Winning gold is A-O-Kay
WHEN Jo Kay of Byron Bay crossed the line in the women's 45-49 years board race final, she celebrated just how you would expect someone who had just won her first individual Masters gold medal.
Kay whooped with excitement and held her head in her hands before being hugged by happy teammates as she celebrated her big breakthrough.
"I've been trying to do this for a very long time," the 47-year-old town planner said.
"I've made mistakes in the past and come second before, and I'm so happy to finally win one."
Kay pointed to the one metre waves pounding on the sandbank and said: "These are my conditions., I love a wave."
She was the leader on the way back to the beach before Northcliffe's Anna Ballara, a legend of Aussies competition, rode down the face of a spectacular wave.
Kay did well to held on to the broken wave and the pair reached the sand together.
"I thought Anna would get past me again, but I was really focused and did the right things this time," she said.
The born-and-bred Byron Bay local said she enjoyed the chance to take on great competitors in her age group and paid tribute to the help of her clubmates and Byron Bay coach Gary Timperley.