Siblings ride junior rivalry
FAMILY bragging rights will be on the line on the waves of Kirra Beach this weekend.
Surfing Duranbah siblings Harry and Olivia Wheeler will go head-to-head in the first JR Surfboard Kirra Junior Team at the inaugural Kirra SurfStock, which officially launched yesterday.
The two will go against each other in an under 16, six on six, boys versus girls surfing contest for the title and prize money of $1000 tomorrow.
The JR Surfboard Kirra Junior Team competition is the only surfing event taking place at SurfStock this weekend.
“I really think we (the girl’s team) will get smashed,” Olivia, 13, said.
“It will be a big upset if we win though I think.”
No matter the outcome, both vowed not to rub it in the other’s face.
Both Olivia and Harry have thrown their support to help restore Kirra to its former glory, despite the fact both are too young to have paddled the iconic waves.
“We only ever see it through footage and it looks awesome,” Harry, 15, said.
“I’ve surfed with a few older guys overseas who tell me they want to come back and ride Kirra like they did 10 years ago. I have to break it to them that it’s not there anymore but that we’re trying to bring it back.”
Both siblings are members of Kirra Surfriders. Festival director Andrew McKinnon believed it would be a tough competition.
“Their mum is a former ice skating champion and their dad played AFL so no wonder they both have tremendous athletic abilities,” he said.