Eli Criaco on his way to winning his fourth Sunshine Coast regional surfing title. Photo: David Walker
Eli Criaco on his way to winning his fourth Sunshine Coast regional surfing title. Photo: David Walker

Eli finds form and takes title

Coolum High’s Eli Criaco has won an unprecedented fourth Sunshine Coast regional surfing title.

Against a formidable field, Criaco clinched the Open Boys Final in contestable waves at Coolum last week.

It was a shaky start for the in-form surfer who arrived back from a Newcastle the night before after finishing in the fourth round at the Arnette Pro Junior.

Eli struggled to adjust to the changing conditions in his opening heat, sneaking into second place.

But he learned from this and gained momentum to dominate in the final, and clinch victory.

Later in the day he supported team-mate Will Myers who surfed a very clever final of the Mark Richards Team Event.

Criaco and Myers won for the second year in a row, defeating Caloundra High in a very close encounter.

Kelly Norris continued his excellent form, finishing third in the Junior Individual title.

Kelly is gaining in confidence after a third place at the recent Newcastle Under-14 Sanbah Cadet Cup.

Criaco, Myers and Norris will represent the Sunshine Coast at the Queensland School Surfing Titles in May.

Criaco already has a Junior Queensland School Surfing title under his belt and is determined to add an open title to his credentials.

Myers and Norris are training hard to ensure they can give it their best shot come May.


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