RIP IT UP: Chris Zaffis during the Subway Summer Surf Series at Cronulla on the weekend. PHOTO: ETHAN SMITH/SNSW
RIP IT UP: Chris Zaffis during the Subway Summer Surf Series at Cronulla on the weekend. PHOTO: ETHAN SMITH/SNSW

Surfer rides wave of success

ANGOURIE surfer Chris Zaffis has snatched his first competition win of the year in a nail-biting final of the Subway Summer Surf Series at Cronulla.

Zaffis won the Under-18 Boys section with a heat total of 12.66, after defending champion Jared Hickel dropped in on a fellow finalist in the final minute, cutting the score of his second-highest scoring wave in half.

Cronulla surfer Nathan Martin, who posted an 11.43 total, ended up in second place.

Zaffis said he was stoked to get a win in the clean two-foot peaks, having also nabbed the best scoring wave on Saturday by effortlessly linking together a chain of powerful turns to lock in a score of 8.83.

The cherry on the icing was taking out the day one Expression Session for a handful of massive aerial manoeuvres.

"There were good waves around the whole contest so I was surfing heaps," he said.

"I was out all day on both days.

"The waves were medium-sized and fun; I landed a few airs."

As a result of his win, Zaffis has been invited to attend a three-day Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina.

The teenager is no stranger to the training facility - he used to have a scholarship there and travelled once a week.

"I'll definitely go if I haven't got exams," he said.

"I'm just trying to get (school) done.

"It's a bit of a shock after a big trip like Hawaii to come back to reality, but I've just got to do it I guess."

The next competition Zaffis will compete in the final Summer Surf Series event at Yamba on March 21-22.

WINNERS

Rd 11 at Cronulla

U21: boys - Kai Awada (Japan); girls - Mikeala Greene (Manly)

U18: boys - Chris Zaffis (Angourie); girls b Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff)

U16: boys - Sandon Whittaker (Avoca); girls - Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff)



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