THE odds of a Tweed Coast surfer taking out one of the sports top gongs this year are very favourable.
Surfing Australia's Chief Executive Officer Andrew Stark said it would be really tight competition but with the recent international success of Joel Parkinson, Stephanie Gilmore and Jack Freestone, there was definitely a good chance for a win.
"Looking at the recent world results its clear there's a lot of up and coming talent coming out of that area," he said.
"Snapper rocks are the best training ground for a surfer, that's why we have our high performance training centre located so close, in Casuarina - it's world class," he said.
Joel Parkinson, Jamie Mitchell, Jack Freestone and Stephanie Gilmore are all nominated for awards this year. The categories include male surfer of the year, female surfer of the year and waterman of the year.
The awards will also mark a significant moment in Surfing Australia's history as it celebrates its 50th anniversary after its formation in 1963 as the Australian Surfriders Association.
Surfing's night of nights will be held in Sydney on Wednesday, 20th February.
Guests will include the Deputy Prime Minister and the who's who of the Australia surf industry.