Juniors flying high in Yamba surf
THEY tried to keep their visit to Yamba low-key, but if you saw the Billabong junior surf team popping aerials at Turners Beach you might have guessed who they were.
Newcastle's Ryan Callinan, former ISA World Junior Championships winner Josh Moniz and Portugal's rising stars Frederico Morais and Thomas Fernandes took advantage of the Clarence Coast's point and beach breaks this week to train for the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing, which starts today.
Coach and former pro surfer Richard Marsh said the team's week-long training session had been amazing, offering up a good variety of waves, from Main Beach's junky breaks to the more powerful point-peelers at Angourie.
Marsh said the varied conditions throughout the week gave them an opportunity to narrow down their board quiver for the upcoming competition.
"We bought 50, 60 surfboards to try out between the guys and do a lot of video work too," he said.
"It's not always about good waves - we need to try the boards in all conditions.
"I've been coming here since I was a really young boy and I love coming here to train. It's such a beautiful location.
"We also brought up the jet ski and did a bit of basic training in the river as well."
Marsh said cross-wind conditions throughout the week meant the boys got in a few good front and back-side aerials.
"Josh and Ryan have pulled off some pretty cool manoeuvres," he said.
"You really need the whole package these days.
"The future for surfing is going to be the surfer that is mixing up traditional carve surfing with new-school aerials."
The team has now made its way south to Manly for the Hurley event, which runs until February 15.
"I think they're going to do really well," Marsh said.
"I think they're going to win. I don't know which one but one will."