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April 21, 2021

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Local youth among those hardest hit by housing affordability crisis

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Byron’s Back

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Remembering Peter Warner

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Interview with Dave Callan

Dave Callan is a big hairy Irish bloke. He’s funny. You would have seen him on Rove and heard him on Triple J – but now you get to see him dance! With backup dancers and a show full of spectacular choreography and a hairy Viking, catch A–Z of Dance at Byron Comedy Fest. Dave told us a little more…

Ocea Curtis on her way to winning at Southport. Photo Ben Stagg/Surfing Queensland

Crystal Cylinders

Our local young female surfers were on fire last week with Lennox Head’s Ocea Curtis and Keke Brain along with Byron Bay’s Leihani Zoric all victorious at the Gold Coast leg of the Woolworths Surfer Grom Comps Series, which was held at the Southport Spit in clean 0.6–0.9 meter waves. 

Curtis managed to tear apart the left-handers on offer under the Seaway jetty to score an excellent 8.17 combined with a 5.5. for a heat total of 13.67 to take the win in the Girls U/12 division.

Curtis was ecstatic as she rode a wave into the beach and was chaired by her fellow competitors.

‘The waves were pretty tough today,’ said Curtis. ‘But I had fun – I’m stoked to win today. Next I’m off to Hawaii for a holiday, so that should be fun.’

Brain won the Girls U/10 division in fine style with carving turns.

Zoric won the U/8 mixed division and was also runner-up in the U/10 Girls division.

Regarded as one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers, the 10-event Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps series caters for surfers from U/8 to U/14 and will be held in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia over summer. 

The series has helped to launch the careers of many of Australia’s most promising junior surfers with almost 800 children set to take part in the 2019/20 event series.


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