Yamba surf star scoops scholarship
SOMETIMES you have good waves, sometimes they're bad.
That was the story for local surfer Jeames Young when he crashed out of the Rip Curl Grom Search in Perth on Sunday.
In fine form leading up to the semi finals, Young caught a "pretty bad" wave in his run, bowing out in the penultimate round of contest.
"The conditions were awesome and I got some pretty good waves in the earlier rounds," Young said.
"I went out for my run in the semi and got a bad wave I couldn't do too much with."
Just as a better wave will appear on the horizon, the opportunity of a lifetime awaits Young on his return, after the 15-year-old was awarded a Surfing Australia Scholarship.
He was invited to a mastership camp at Surfing Australia's High Performance Centre, which saw over 10 of the country's best junior surfers converge on the Gold Coast for a week-long development and training camp.
By the end of the week Young won the award for being the best surfer at the camp, with the scholarship being the icing on the cake.
"I was pretty stoked to be honest," the Maclean High student said.
"Being picked out of a pretty big group of guys was pretty awesome."
The $10,000 scholarship will allow Young to travel to the High Performance Centre and train with some of the best surfers in the country.
It's an experience Young is looking forward to, as he looks to make his mark on the surfing world.
"I'm really keen for it," Young said.
Jeames' mother Mel said she was proud of her son's achievements, saying he had come a long way since he started.
"Jeames started surfing when he was about four and his father pushed along on the waves," Mel Young said.
"He started competing six years ago and he's been travelling the country ever since."
She said Jeames had had an "up and down" run over his competitive career, but "definitely more good runs than bad."
"He works very hard to keep improving and his achievements are very well deserved," she said.
"We're all stoked for him."
Jeames Young next adventure will take him to Forster for a sponsorship event with Carve Eyewear next month.
It'll be all business afterwards, with the Australian Titles in Tasmania at the end of the year.
You can be sure Young will do all he can to win just as sure as there will be another wave.