Today Angourie Point, tomorrow the world
By ADRIAN MILLER
IF you are out gunned in the surf this weekend by a young, gorgeous female, don't take it to heart ? she is probably one of the best female surfers in the world.
Before they begin a long and arduous 2006 season, members of the Billabong Elite International girls team are relaxing and recharging their batteries at one of the world's most renowned surfing spots ? Angourie.
Over the next 10 months the team will be the envy of most surfers as they ride waves in Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii, but for the rest of this week they will hit the waves with the rest of us around Angourie, Yamba and Iluka.
The Billabong team coordinator, Kellie Hughes, said the 10-member team included World Championship Tour (WCT) members Silvana Lima, Keala Kennelly and Rebecca Woods, as well as World Qualifying Series (WQS) competitors Nicola Atherton, Lyndsay Noyes and Sheridan Shields.
Ms Hughes said the week provided some down time before the Roxy Pro event on the Gold Coast at the end of February.
"Every year just before the Roxy we like to get the A-team together," she said.
"Basically the girls are just chilling out and surfing all week, it's just a good team bonding week."
The team has brought a trainer, photographer and physiotherapist along for the week and is joined by some of Billabong's top European-based male surfers.
Ms Hughes said the week had been enjoyable, even though the surf had been flat so far.