Young star fires at Teenage Rampage
SCOTTS Head grommet Coco Beeby was the star on what turned out to be the only day of the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage event surfed at Newcastle's Bar Beach.
The under-13 and 16-years girls did well just to get out the back in the boiling 1.5metre swell and all deserve congratulations for putting in a top effort in the wintry conditions on Saturday.
Beeby provided a remarkable show for spectators as she and North Shelly surfer Indianna Green produced the day's highest winning heat scores.
Both girls scored 16.18 to win their respective heats with Beeby eventually progressing through to the final as the top qualifier.
However, that was as far as the contest went with dangerous conditions yesterday morning forcing organisers to cancel the final.
Before the ocean turned nasty surfers from the North and Mid North Coast had plenty of time to display their wares.
Transcending the 70-strong field was Angourie's Chris Zaffis who showed maturity beyond his years to register a dominant 16.66 points out of a possible 20 to outscore his rivals in the boys' 16-and-under division.
"It's great, I really like this event as you get to surf three times no matter what," Zaffis said.
"You get a lot more experience and surf against the international guys.
"I know a lot of people at this event so it's good to see everyone again."
Zaffis won the under-13 division at the event in Port Macquarie last year and moved into the under-16s this year where he was one of the youngest competitors.
"I felt pretty confident even without surfing Newcastle before," he said.
Another of the young brigade to impress was Crescent Head's Robbie Pugh who surfed in the boy's under-13 division.