Kelly Norris shreds in last week’s Queensland School Surfing Titles.
Kelly Norris shreds in last week’s Queensland School Surfing Titles.

A long road to surf success

Coolum High young gun Kelly Norris finished third in last week’s Queensland School Surfing Titles and will now represent the state in the national titles to be held in November.

It was no easy road for Kelly and other members of the Sunshine Coast surf team, who, because of flooding and poor weather conditions, took six-and-a-half hours last Wednesday to reach the Gold Coast for the event.

The following day, competition was cancelled and transferred back to the Sunshine Coast where it started on Friday at Alexandra Headland.

Kelly surfed well in conditions that could only be described as treacherous, with waves around 2- 2.5 metres.

He tackled the big waves with enthusiasm and dedication and won all his heats right through to the final.

Making the Queensland team was a dream come true for the young surfer who had set this event as a major goal for the first half of the year.

Kelly said he was stoked with the result and was looking forward to a “home break advantage” when the best young surfers in the country come to Coolum for the national titles.

Having just turned 14 earlier this year, Kelly knows he still has a long way to go to secure a future in the sport he loves so much but he is determined to represent both Coolum High School and the Coolum community with pride at the nationals.

He thanked his sponsors, including O’Neill, Shotgun Surfboards, Balin, Otis Eyewear, Raptor Fins, Banana Boat Sunscreen and Fitness-Plus Coolum for their support.


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