ISAAC Evans is the toast of the Port Macquarie Bodyboarding Association, after the 13-year-old took out his first national title last week.
Evans won the grommet division at Kiama, beating out Port Macquarie compatriot Jacob Dunn in the final.
He performed well across the three heats, winning one and taking second place in the other two.
Evans had an inkling how he’d done. “I knew I’d gone well,” he said. “I was listening to the commentary.”
Evans wasn’t fazed by the distraction. “It was pretty easy,” he said.
His triumph earned him a wetsuit and new board. Evans has been surfing for three or four years, after his father got him involved.
“I went with dad one day, and I just liked it,” he said. Now he surfs “five to six” times per week.
Evans said the Breakwall was his favourite spot.
“The waves are more consistent than anywhere else,” he said.
He’s set for a tilt at back-to-back titles next year. Evans will take part in the cadets division. He was confident he could go well.
“I’ll probably go alright,” he said.
While Evans was tasting success in Kiama, Port’s Damian King won the Rebel Sport Pro Tour drop-knee division.
It was run in conjunction with the national titles.
Jacob Dunn came fourth in the same division as Evans.
Jon Capilli came third in the masters division.