HANGING IN: Tweed surfer Josh Lee at the Hawaiian Island Creations Grommet Challenge at Duranbah Beach yesterday.
HANGING IN: Tweed surfer Josh Lee at the Hawaiian Island Creations Grommet Challenge at Duranbah Beach yesterday.

Tough guys

By ADAM WRATTEN

TWEED'S young surfers are putting their bodies on the line to break into the big time.

This week two young surfers cast aside serious injury concerns to compete in the Hawaiian Island Creations Grommet Challenge.

Speaking from his hospital bed yesterday, Currumbin surf- er Lawson Hayles, 18, said though the pain he experienced during his heat "was the worst in his life" he would do it all again in pursuit of his surfing dream.

Hayles had his appendix removed on Monday after overcoming stomach pains during his heat on Sunday.

Then in yesterday's action, 15-year-old Tweed surfer Josh Lee tore off the protective cast protecting his broken arm to compete in a second-round heat. He narrowly missed qualification for the third round.

Hayles said he would be prepared to defy doctor's recommendations to get back into the water.

"I'm stoked I went in (the competition) and was able to win (the heat)," Hayles said.

"It was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life, I couldn't have got much sicker.

"I was dry retching as I paddled out .?.?.? (and) when I came in I was whiter than the white rashie I was wearing."

He said doctors had told him to do nothing strenuous for at least one week.

"(But) it's pretty hard to keep me out of the water."

Lee damaged his elbow when he got out of a car and hit a wheelie bin on Monday.



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