Noel Smith of Low Pressure Surf celebrates becoming a teenager as he blows out the candles for the 13th leap year birthday he's had.
Noel Smith of Low Pressure Surf celebrates becoming a teenager as he blows out the candles for the 13th leap year birthday he's had. Adam Hourigan

Ever feel like you're 13 going on 52?

EVER feel like you're 13 going on 52?

That's exactly how Low Pressure Surf Co owner Noel Smith feels today - he is one of the few people born on February 29, and as such only gets to celebrate his birthday properly each leap year.

The Daily Examiner has covered Noel's special day every four years since at least 2008, but the celebrity status it affords him hasn't gone to his head.

"Once you get to a certain age you're not celebrating birthdays anymore and it's happened most of my life," he joked.

And while that is true, today is still technically Noel's 13th birthday.

Most boys that age would be trying out their new skateboards or scooters but Noel will instead be selling them at his surf shop in Grafton and taking 29% off everything in store.

"This is the first time I'm doing a sale, one of the customers gave me the idea," he said.

"It's been a long wait, 50-odd years to be a teenager. It's a bit crazy, I've got hair starting to grow in places I've never had and just got my first pimple."

Noel will share the occasion with his 12-year-old grandson Tristian, who in a remarkable coincidence shares the unlikely honour of being a leap year baby, and will celebrate his third birthday today.

The odds of having a leap birthday are one in 1461.

Noel said that despite their birthdays only coming around once every four years, leap year babies had the advantage of celebrating over two days in non-leap years.

"If I'm celebrating I'll go out on the 28th and celebrate into the night," he said.

"I think the day before has got to be better than the day after, but why not just have two birthdays?"The Daily Examiner wishes a warm happy birthday to Noel, Tristian and all other leapling babies in the Clarence Valley today.

"I had a lady come in the other day and she said 'that's my birthday as well'. So we know they're out there, they're just a bit shy," Noel said.



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