Kingscliff surfer Codie Klein on her way to claiming the coveted under-18 division of the Lizzy Surf Slam.
Kingscliff surfer Codie Klein on her way to claiming the coveted under-18 division of the Lizzy Surf Slam. - Supplied

Surf girls are the Next Wave

SURFING Australia has decided Tweed girls Codie Klein and Ashley Smith have too much talent to just be photographed.

So as of August you can catch the girls showcasing their skills on Channel 10's new television series Next Wave.

“I got a phone call off a guy from the show saying Surfing Australia recommended me to do an interview,” said 20-year-old Smith, from Cabarita.

“I have been interviewed at contests coming out of the water and stuff, but nothing like this.

“It was really cool, because they came to my home and were laid- back, making the whole thing comfortable and cruisy.

“It's been a great experience.”

Each episode ventures into the lives of the nation's greatest junior surfers - the talents who may one day go on to claim the holy grail of surfing - a world championship.

“At regionals they filmed me competing and warming up, and even had a guy shooting from under the water,” said 15-year-old Klein, from Kingscliff.

“Then they strapped a camera to my board, which was hard because it weighed the nose down, but hopefully the footage is cool.

“It was a bit intimidating with the cameras in my face and every- one staring at me, as it was the first time I've worked with cameras in the water.

“We were interviewed individually and they wanted to know general stuff like where we want to go with surfing, what our goals are for the next few years, our inspirations, our sponsors, our hobbies etcetera.”

Hosted by pro surfer Toby Martin, both the events and the life- style surrounding this most unique sub-culture will be revealed in New Wave.

A light-hearted segment will also play out in each episode where novice surfing celebrities are challenged to compete against each other in their own heat - Xavier Rudd, Erin McNaught, Trevor Hendy, Shannan Ponton and Maz Compton to name just a few.

In the ninth and final episode we will see the eight pro junior surf- ers towed into one of Australia's gnarliest big-wave locations, vying for $20,000 in prize money.

It is understood Klein will feature in the first episode, scheduled to air on August 2 at 1pm.



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