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KINGSCLIFF carver Codie Klein has yet another trophy to add to her bulging cabinet after taking out the prestigious 16 years Rip Curl GromSearch at Diggers Beach Saturday.

However for the super-talented teen it's more about what the victory means than the prize itself - a ticket into the national finals at Bells Beach.

“I can't believe it,” Klein said.

“It hasn't even sunk in yet - the fact I'll be competing at Bells in front of my heroes is the best prize ever.”

In what has been described as the most influential grommet series throughout the country, the Rip Curl GromSearch is considered an enormous stepping-stone for Australia's elite junior surfers.

“This is definitely one of the best wins of my career,” she said.

“I've had a lot of minor results lately, so to win gives me plenty of confidence going into the next event and the new year,” Klein said.

Coolangatta kid Amiya Doyle finished runner-up.

Also impressing from the Tweed was Casuarina's Damo Norman, who finished fourth in the 16 boys' final which was won by Port Macquarie's Matt Banting.

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