Jeames Young in his own backyard for Yamba Surfing Festival
SURFING: There is something Yamba surfer Jeames Young loves about the breaks in his own backyard.
The right-handers of Angourie, the protected walls at Turners and the swell at Pippi's when a nor-wester is gusting.
So when the state's best surfers make the trip to the sacred shores of Yamba for the inaugural four-day HIF Yamba Surfing Festival this weekend Young will be ready to welcome them with open arms.
"The size of this is only just sort of sinking in," Young said.
"To have a state competition in your home town on the waves that you have grown up on is awesome.
"I have said it for years, in Yamba we have got some of the best waves in the world so why not get the best surfers to carve them."
But that does not mean the pressure has not been mounting on the goofy-footer as it is his job to defend his home break against what is expected to be a field of 150 surfers.
There will be surfers from both ends of the spectrum with the NSW Shortboard and NSW Longboard titles being held during the festival in an effort to decide the male and female NSW Open Surfmasters Team and NSW Open Longboard Team for the 2016 Australian Surf Festival in Coffs Harbour later this year.
In addition to making the NSW team, winners of the Open Shortboard divisions at the event will score themselves wildcards into the 2017 Surfest World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event in Newcastle.
While he has not been thinking too hard about the possibility of getting on the QS tour, Young has been thinking about the glory of winning a state title at home.
"I have won a contest here before, and it kind of is that way," he said.
"This is where I am from. This is my home town. It makes you hungry, you want it to be prestigious, you want to come away with the silverware."
But he is not the only local surfer having a crack at the state's best with local shortboard competitors Chris Zaffis, Dakoda Walters and Navrin Fox also getting on the waves.
Former world longboard champion Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach) will return to Yamba to compete for an Open Longboard Title from Monday when the discipline gets under way.
The two-time world champion will also be joined by a handful of local surfers including Frank Murphy, Joel Skinner, Clancy O'Neill, as well as Lily Ellis in the open women.
All the action will kick off from 7am tomorrow.