Port Macquarie's youngest surfers have put their wave riding skills on show during round three of the 2020 Surfer Groms Comp Series in Coffs Harbour.
Local youngsters Lola Styles, Avalon Enfield, Joey Thompson, Ollie Hudson and Bobby Thompson all braved the waves at Park Beach on September 26. Previous under eight to under 14s rounds had been held in Kiama and the Northern Beaches earlier that month.
Port Macquarie's Avalon Enfield, 11, scored well across the surfing heats to claim second in the under 12 girls division. She finished ahead of third place Matilda Parkhouse from Stuarts Point and Madeline Schomberg from Bonville.
"I found a positioning place to know where the best place was to catch the waves," she said.
"Once I'd found that I could see if I was off track and I was in the best spot the whole time. There were a few alright waves, but not anything amazing.
"Surfing is always so free in the water, it always reduces stress.
"It felt really good to place second but it was just unlucky that another girl got much better waves than I did. But that's okay.
"I probably won't be doing anymore surf comps this year because I usually don't do many."
Fellow Port Macquarie surfer Bobby Thompson competed in the under 14s and made it through to the quarter finals.
"The waves were only small but the surf was pretty fun," he said.
"I got a few good waves and there were a few Port Macquarie people there like the Enfields and Ollie. We usually talk about what the surf is like and where we are going to catch waves."
The 13-year-old is also competing at the Newcastle Ripcurl Grom Search on October 1 in Newcastle.
Max Mcgillivray from Evans Head took out the under 14 boys division posting a 13.10 two-wave heat total in small conditions to gain the win ahead of Coffs Harbour's Will Martin who finished second.
Juniper Harper from Lennox Head continued her good form since winning the 2020 Havaianas NSW Grommet Titles at Maroubra Beach, to win the under 14 girls division.
Leihani Kaloha Zoric from Byron Bay claimed the under 12 girls division by finding a 8.33 wave and gaining the upper hand in the final. She also competed in the under 10 girls division.
The Surfer Groms competitions continue with event four at Cronulla on October 17 to 18, six more events before the end of the year including the national final at Casuarina in Queensland on December 18.