Zaffis claims U 13 title
WITH fewer than 10 seconds remaining and a title on the line, Angourie’s Chris Zaffis has once again produced the goods.
Competing in the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage at Lighthouse Beach Port Macquarie, Zaffis defeated a strong field to take out the under-13 division.
Showing no signs of panic, the 12-year-old future surfing star caught a wave seconds before the siren to snatch victory from some of the best junior surfers in NSW.
The event, which provides a fresh approach to traditional junior surfing, is a stepping stone for a new wave of Australian surfing talent.
At Lighthouse Beach competitors were greeted with one-metre waves in what organisers described as two days of blistering competition.
Zaffis said he was excited to win the title although he admits in the final he left his run a little late.
“It felt great to win and I’m so excited,” an exuberant Zaffis said.
“The competition was good and the final was really close. In the final I got a wave in the last 10 seconds which got me the title.”
Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage events are staged throughout the year and for Zaffis, his win in Port Macquarie has given him entry into the International Finals to be held in Cronulla in January next year.
“I can’t wait to compete at Cronulla. To surf against competitors from all over the world will be fantastic,” he said