Tweed girls top surfers
IF there was any doubt the Tweed Coast was the number one breeding ground for the nation’s hottest surfing talent, the girls at the Lizzy Surf Slam have squashed it.
The Tweed has already produced world champions and household names like Stephanie Gilmore and Mick Fanning, but at last week’s Slam Tweed’s finest female surfers lined the Gold Coast shores to show the "Sunshine State" exactly who the Queens of the waves really are.
While other region’s boasted the odd finals contender, the Tweed featured in the majority of the showdowns.
Kingscliff surfer Codie Klein was a stand-out through proceedings, dominating her heats and simply out-classing the other finalists to claim the coveted under-18 division.
At the other end of the spectrum, an equally impressive display from Tweed Heads product Alyssa Lock saw her blitz the youngest competitors and comfortably take out the under-14 title.
Cabarita’s Brittani Nichol was unfortunate not to come away with a title, after carving her way to remarkable podium finishes in both the under-21 (second) and open women’s (third) finals.
Coolangatta sisters Amiya and Brodie Doyle battled it out in the under-16 division, and on this occasion the bragging rights go to Amiya, who shredded her way into second, while Brodie, who also surfed in the final, finished fourth.
Overall though it has to be said the event belonged to Tugun whiz kid Sarah Mason, who guaranteed herself a shot at the world’s top surfers in next year’s Roxy Pro trails.
The 14-year-old champion not only won the under-16 division, but then stepped up to beat much older defending champion Dimity Stoyle and claim the open women’s title.
The girls next compete at the Queensland Schools Surfing Titles on the Gold Coast from May 21.
* For more Junior Sport action see tomorrow's Tweed Daily News.