COOLIE KID: Mick Fanning on his way to winning the Coolie Kids Memorial event at Snapper Rocks on Sunday. Fanning and Joel Park
COOLIE KID: Mick Fanning on his way to winning the Coolie Kids Memorial event at Snapper Rocks on Sunday. Fanning and Joel Park

Just 13, Sam impresses at Coolie Kids Memorial

THIRTEEN-year-old Sam Clift from Coolangatta was the talk of the eighth annual Coolie Kids Memorial held at Snapper Rocks in memory of Kirra's Surfriders Sean Fanning and Joel Green.

The promising blond-haired grommet reached the semifinals where he surfed the heat of his life against local heroes Joel Parkinson and Dean Morrison. Unfortunately for Clift, he met his match against his WCT competitors.

The final was won by Mick Fanning, who only last month won the Billabong Pro WCT in sensational 'Fanning form' at JBay, South Africa.

Before he heads to California for the Trestles WCT next month, Mick will stay on the Coast to launch his latest Rip Curl surf movie titled 'Me, Myself and Eugene'.

Surf Scene and the Daily News/Tweed Border Mail/Gold Coast Mail will be doing giveaway DVD copies so keep an eye out for Mick latest flick - it's a cracker from all accounts.

TALKING about surf movies, the Tweed/Gold Coast is set to enjoy a doubly whammy cinematic smorgasbord when two totally different surf movie shows come to town.

Local movie mogul Simon 'Shagga' Saffigna, together with Sydney's Matt Gye, will be steering the 'Surf Surfaris' show and will kick-off with a launch at Seagulls on September 16, not at the Gold Coast Convention Centre as previously mentioned.

Tim Bynthon's Australian Surf Movie Show, covering five separate movies such as the mind-blowing aerial power and layback hacks of Dane Reynolds 'First Chapter', will be launched on September 28 at Twin Towns Services Club.

Keep watching Surf Scene column for your chance to win tickets to both these shows.

EVER wonder what Andy's been up to in the last month? ( I'm talking about AI - Andy Irons of course).

The former three times World Champion who appears to be dragging the chain against Kelly Slater in this year's ASP world title race.

Irons celebrated his 28th birthday in Bali last month while starring in Taylor Steele's latest surf movie production also featuring Dave Rastovich, Brenno Dorrington and heaps of Bali 'hot rats'.

The highly-respected Californian movie maker, well-known for the Campaign and Momentom movies, will also be working on a movie for Billabong covering AI, Parko and Taj Burrow.

During his break from competing on the ASP World Tour, the word was that Andy has been on fire in Bali and smoked all the hotties out at Padang Padang, Bali's Pipeline where the Kauaian was putting on vertical turns inside the top to bottom grinding reef waves and threading his way to daylight behind the foam ball.

If you can't beat Kelly in the contests, next best thing is to do it in the movies!

THE future of South Straddie and the sensitive environmentally threatened public land known as the Spit has now become an election issue with the lines drawn on either side of the political fence.

The proposed shipping terminal does not have the support of the locals and the talk is the certain sections of the Labor Party are secretly worried about political fall-out that this issue will cause and are quietly shaking in their boots.

The developers are poised ready to strike. The Save Our Spit group will support a much smaller alternate plan such as a yachting marina but not an ugly major cruise ship parking lot.

The question has to be raised, what are the financial benefits to the locals?

I have said before that we are now paying a big price for the Tweed Sand Bypass operation which has virtually robbed Kirra Point of its former glory.

I wonder if we can sit back quietly and watch yet another prime surf spot go down the gurgler because Queensland Government says it was good for the economy?

Surfrider Foundation and the Save Our Spit people are holding a rally this Sunday at the Spit from 11am.

THE winners of our 'Letting Go' DVD giveaway were Andrew Taylor of Mudgeeraba and Mrs B Jordan of Burleigh. Winners can collect their prizes from the Mail office in Rivendell, Tweed Heads South. Call 55236264 for more info.

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