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Yamba surfers proving the cream of Australia's crop

AUSSIE CHAMPION: Wooloweyah’s Lily Ellis on her way to winning the Australian Under-18 Girls Longboard Title.
AUSSIE CHAMPION: Wooloweyah’s Lily Ellis on her way to winning the Australian Under-18 Girls Longboard Title. Surfing Australia / Nikon

A WAVE of talented juniors are putting Yamba on the map as they surge to the top of the national surfing scene.

Last month Chris Zaffis carved out a NSW School Under-19 title on his shortboard, with Jeames Young also featuring prominently.

Riding in on the crest of the next set are Joel Skinner and Lily Ellis.

The pair is the newest Australian Under-18 Longboard boy and girl champions, winning their events at Emerald Beach on Sunday as part of the Australian Festival of Surfing on Coffs Coast.

Both finished fourth in the same event last year and won Australian Open titles at Kingscliff earlier this year.

Fresh from winning the NSW Under-18 Boys Longboard title to qualify, goofy-footed Joel asserted his dominance.

After winning heat one with a 12.70 score, Joel comfortably won his semi-final (15.00) ahead of Western Australia's Jack Medland (10.55), then edged out the same opponent in the final, 14.60 to 13.80.

Lily was runner up in the NSW Under-18 Girls Longboard title behind Kirrah Cook from Evans Head. However, this time it was the girl from Wooloweyah's turn to shine.

Lily qualified second in her heat (9.30) and semi-final (6.75), both times to defending champion, Western Australian Denver

 Young (9.90 and 10.00). However, she saved her best for last, winning the final with a 13.10, Young second on 11.70.

"I'd like to thank the wonderful support of my board shaper Cal Liddle," Lily, also sponsored by Offshore Surf and Skate, said.

Meanwhile Joel (12.75) finished third in the Junior Logger event behind Victorian Ben Considine (18.40).

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