Surfing great Kelly Slater jumps in a photo with Casuarina boys Darkota Smith and Conor McCarthy.
Surfing great Kelly Slater jumps in a photo with Casuarina boys Darkota Smith and Conor McCarthy. Mick Fanning

Photobombed by Kelly Slater

IT’S not everyday one gets a chance to be photobombed by surfing legend Kelly Slater.

But Casuarina boys Darkota Smith, 11, and Conor McCarthy, 10, took it in their stride when they were given a behind-the-scene glance at the pinnacle of world surfing at the Quiky Pro at Snapper Rocks on Sunday.

The boys were invited backstage by former world champion and Tweed favourite Mick Fanning, who just happens to be the cousin of Darkota, and who captured this image of the boys with their hero, Slater.

“Darkota sees those guys all the time, it is probably just a little bit strange for him seeing all the hype around them,” said Darkota’s mum.

“It was a little bit weird because Mick is just Mick at home.

“The boys were so humble when I picked them up - it looked like they were big celebrities walking the red carpet when I picked them up but they didn’t say anything until they got in the car and I looked in the rearview mirror and they had big grins on their faces.”

She said Mick and the other pro surfers were great role models for the younger generation, particularly for their strong work ethic and healthy lifestyle.

“Mick is a real inspiration, the boys are just fully into soccer but in Darkota’s eyes, he sees Mick and what he has achieved and he thinks that’s possible for him too,” she said.

“It is nice for them to know their dreams can come true.”

Unfortunately, both Fanning and Slater were eliminated in the early rounds of the World Surf League competition, which finishes up at Snapper Rocks today.



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