Coolum grommet Kelly Norris not only finished second in the under-16 boys’ final of the annual Jesus Pro Am surf competition in Coffs Harbour last weekend, he made the quarter finals of the Open Men’s event as well.
In more good news, Kelly has been selected to attend the Mark Richards Camp at the High Performance Centre at Casuarina at the end of the month.
Each year, only four under-16 surfers from each state are invited to attend this prestigious camp to help develop and introduce them to modern surf coaching methods.
“I can’t wait for the camp next week,” Kelly said.
The 14-year-old travelled to Coffs Harbour last Friday with the Coolum Christian Surfers, anticipating good waves and a fun weekend.
The forecast did not disappoint, with pumping surf and good banks at Diggers Beach.
The group was given free accommodation on the floor of a local church, and a good time was had by all.
The competition was tough, with competitors coming from far and wide to show their surfing ability and vie for the outstanding prizes and prestige of winning a Jesus Pro Am event.
Kelly said he was happy with his surfing achievements this year, which included making the Queensland School Surfing team to compete at the nationals in November.
“I have been surfing really well and have recently got some new bigger boards from Tully at Shotgun, which felt right from the first time I surfed them,” he said.
“To travel away with the Christian Surfers and have such fun and get results was great.
“To surf against the open surfers just pushes you even more.
“Without sponsors’ support, none of this would be possible for me so I have to thank Shotgun, O’Neill, Balin, Raptor, Otis, Banana Boat and Fitness Plus Coolum.
“They are all legends.”
Fellow Coolum surfer Kyle McNamara also surfed extremely well at Coffs Harbour, finishing third in the under-16 boys’ final.
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