MID North Coast junior surfer Chelsea Green has progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2017 NSW Junior State titles at Rainbow Beach.
The 17-year-old finished second in her third-round, under-18 girls encounter, but it was enough to gain her a place in the final eight.
Port Macquarie girl Jenna Cutting finished third in the same heat and was eliminated.
Green attends school in Taree, but regularly visits Port Macquarie to train.
She will have her work cut out in the quarter-final with Narrabeen teenager Tru Starling standing between her and a semi-final appearance.
Both girls are expected to be in the water about 8.30am on Tuesday.
Fellow locals Judd Brown and Marcus Whillock bowed out of the competition in the early stages, with Brown eliminated in the repecharge rounds.
Whillock didn’t progress past round three.
Surfing NSW media manager Ethan Smith said they couldn’t have asked for better conditions for the first four days of competition.
He believes Green could have the edge over Starling in the quarter-final, but it could go down to the wire.
“Chelsea has represented NSW already at state level, so she knows what to do in these situations,” he said.
“She’ll have her work cut out against Tru.”
With the exception of the rain-effected second day on Sunday, Smith said conditions had been perfect.
“Any time you deal with Mother Nature you expect a few complaints, but the conditions for us have been really decent,” he said.
“We couldn’t have asked for much more.”