Letarcia dishes out lesson on debut

KINGSCLIFF kingpin Letarcia Hurt left her rivals in a world of pain at the All Girls Surf Showdown in Lennox Head at the weekend.

The 18th annual surf contest was the biggest All Girls event in Australia and all of the finals featured a fittingly high-quality field.

Competing in her first major event, Hurt, 16, ruled the small but clean swell with a rampant repertoire of crowd-pleasing manoeuvres to claim the under-16 crown.

Having carved through the heats like a seasoned professional, Hurt made light work of Kirsten Ogden, Bridget McCulloch and Stephanie Single in the final.

She was stoked with her efforts.

“I'm pretty happy,” she said.

“To finish on top in my first big event was unbelievable.”

The Kingscliff High School student is off for a week's snowboarding at Mount Hotham, before turning her attention to the Occy Grom Comp at the beginning of July.

In the blue riband Open Pro division at the Showdown, Cabarita's Airini Mason was pipped at the post by Sunshine Coast ace Dimity Stoyle.

Mason managed to fend off charges from the home-town hopes Tyler and Kirby Wright but was unable to topple an in-form Stoyle, who posted the day's highest scoring ride, an outstanding 9.0, to secure victory inside the last two minutes.

Cudgen's young-gun Ashlee Spence proved too good for Kimberly Hassel, Jenny Arnold and Eleanor Robertson in the Open B final, while Palm Beach's Kiani Dobbyn won the under-14s from Lucy Callister, Kobie Enwright and Olivia Wheeler.

Newcastle surfer Phillipa Anderson, 18, took the Junior Pro from Kirby Wright, Stoyle and Ogden.

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