Yamba surf star snares State title



What a week it's been for Yamba surf life saving star Jacob Lollback.

After making a clean sweep of the Under-17 board, swim and ironman events and several placings in the open category at the NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships at Woolgoolga last weekend, Lollback added to his winning record, representing NSW at the Australian Interstate Championships at Queenscliff in Sydney on Monday and Tuesday.

Competing in the NSW team for the first occasion, the 17-year-old dynamo continued his undefeated run this season by winning the Under-17 board event.

Lollback and partner Kendrick Louis from Collaroy backed up to score a come from behind win in the board rescue event.

The board rescue involves a competitor (Louis) swimming to the markers, raising his hand and his partner (Lollback) paddling out, picking him up and the pair returning to the beach.

"I was third out to the markers and picked up Kendrick. We managed to beat the others back to the beach and win it for NSW," Lollback said.

"We were stoked.

"The Championships was just an awesome experience, unbelievable. Just being in camp with all the top guys and leading coaches was really good. I picked up a lot of tips about technique and other things, things I can really use."

Despite Lollback's efforts, the Queensland team were declared overall winners of the Championships, winning the juniors and finishing runner-up to NSW in the open section.

Yesterday Lollback competed in two further events -- the annual Australia Day Sydney Harbour Surfboard Paddle Race and a SLS carnival at Freshwater.

Using an unfamiliar surfboard which had to be under 10 feet in length, the youngster finished 11th to McMaster's Beach SLS Trent Martin and Avoca Beach rival, Daniel Shade over the 3.5km specially designed course.

"I was happy with the result, the surfboard felt weird. I didn't have any practice and Trent used a real thick board," Lollback said.

Backing up in the afternoon, Lollback won the Under-17 ironman and swim races but missed his pet board event due to taking part in the Sydney Harbour event.

He is due back in Grafton this weekend to continue his build up to the SLS World Titles at Lorne in Victoria and NSW State Championships at Cronulla in late February.

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