Deane pulls big moves
TWEED surfer Noa Deane landed some massive aerial moves in the final of the Billabong Taj’s Small Fries contest in Western Australia at the weekend but was edged out by hometown hero Jack Robinson.
Just 0.5 of a point separated the two in the final of the under-16 division, with 12-year-old Robinson proving too strong for the 16-year-old Tweed Heads headliner in near perfect 1.5 metre surf at Injidjup yesterday.
Robinson finished with a two-wave total of 13.25 to edge out Deane (12.75).
“It’s a great feeling to win such a close final,” Robinson said.
“The waves have been fantastic here, especially early today with heaps of tube rides.
“To win the under-16 boys’ division at Taj’s event is special to me because I won the 12s and 14s last year.”
The rising star wasn’t so fortunate in the under-14s this year however, finish second to fellow Margaret River local Jacob Wilcox, while Shaun Manners completed a Margaret River trifecta with victory in the under-12s.
Yallingup surfer Mikaela Greene scored a convincing win in the under-16 girls’ division defeating Bronte Macaulay, while Zoe Clarke triumphed in the under-14 girls.