Woopi groms are shaping up to be longboard champs
THE Woolgoolga Longboard Club has produced many champions and larrikins over the years since it was founded in 1989.
And after more than 28 years the club looks like it will continue to do so as young grommets rise the ranks.
Sam Burke, Daniel McEvoy and Tom Woods are among the young groms begging for recognition after their string of competition results.
Club president Paul Scholten said the boys have improved out of sight thanks to the wealth of experience every club member has provided.
Youngest of the bunch, 15-year-old Tom has carved a name for himself on the national circuit.
The Emerald Beach surfer showed marked improvement after claiming back-to-back under-16 state titles.
In June, Tom took out the U16 Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles at Bonny Hills' Rainbow Beach.
On two foot peaks, Tom edged out Cronulla brothers Sean and Thomas O'Connor in the final.
He also finished fourth in the U18 division.
Tom will now prepare for the Australian Longboard Titles at Cabarita next month, where he will again compete up an age division in the U18s.
Hailing from Mullaway, Sam, who rides a single fin log, has also shown plenty of potential in recent competitions.
"He recently made the final of the U18 boys at Crescent Head, and turned heads more so with his impressive semi final victory,” Scholten said.
The Woolgoolga Longboard Club has also been complemented with the addition of Coffs Harbour boardrider Daniel.
Daniel was described by Scholten as "a more all rounded longboarder, with silky clean manoeuvrers that has seen him win recent local club heats, and has moved up into the coveted open division”.
Scholten said both Sam and Daniel had been performing well and working up the ranks.
On Sunday, the Woolgoolga Longboard Club will host one of its club rounds at Mullawarra. Surfers are to meet at the carpark at 7am.