Local surf sensation takes out state title
By JADE BILOWOL
A NASTY stomach bug could not stymie Renee Hyman's determination to land her third under 18 girls state surfing title in a row. The 16-year-old Elanora State High School student admitted she emerged from the water during the FCS Queensland Junior titles held at Duranbah beach earlier this month with tears streaming down her face as a result of her illness. "I actually had a bad tummy bug and I came in crying because it hurt so much," Renee said. "I was going to come out early but I stayed out." But she admitted the sickness evaporated when she found out she had reigned supreme. "I had mixed emotions about it I suppose, I didn't expect to win it but the tummy bug left when I won it," she laughed. "I only caught two waves - the surf was really good, there were clean lefts." Renee said surfing made a splash on her life from a very young age. "I have been surfing since I was three," she said. "My dad is a surfboard shaper and he got me into it." She said she was on a mission to become a professional surfer when she left school. "I surf daily and I get depressed when I can't go surfing," Renee said. "It makes you a lot more relaxed, you get a refreshed feeling but it is very challenging. "The surf has been really bad lately."