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Crystal Cylinders

Some of our local junior surfers had the honour of representing NSW at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles held in solid surf at Margaret River Main Break Western Australia.

Lennox Head’s Nyxie Ryan performed the best for our locals with a seventh place finish in the U/18 girls, bowing out in a close quarterfinal clash.

Rino Lindsay from Lennox Head also made the quarter finals finishing in ninth place overall in the U/16 boys.  

Byron Bay’s Touma Cameron made it to round three in the U/16 boys, Lennox Head’s Niamh Sharpe and Juniper Harper made it to round three in the U/14 girls while Harry O’Brien was eliminated in the second round in the U/14 boys. 

Meanwhile at Jaws

Paige Alms and Billy Kemper have won the Jaws Big Wave Championships in 9 to 15 metre waves at the famed Pe’ahi surf break on the North shore of Maui, Hawaii. 

Both are locals and regularly surf the wave that offers up some of the biggest tube rides in the world.

Three times winner Alms said: ‘It’s the ultimate feeling being on a giant wave, it’s when I feel the most alive and so it’s the double-edged sword. You’re putting your body and life on the line to ride these waves but when you successfully ride one, nothing beats it.’


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