Sasha shines at Surfest Newcastle
SURFING: Mudjimba's Sasha Baker proved she's one to watch in coming seasons, with an impressive win at Surfest Newcastle.
The 15-year-old from Coolum High won the under-16 girls division in the Dalton Layers girls cadet cup competition, staving off New South Wales' Molly Picklum amid 1m waves.
"The comp was full of hot girl surfers and I was stoked to get the win. There were really good waves for the final,” she told event media.
Baker, who is guided by respected coach Martin Dunn, will next focus on the Anditi Women's Pro trials next weekend, where a wildcard berth in a 6000-point Qualifying Series event is on offer to the victor.
Baker wasn't the only Sunshine Coaster to make an impact at Newcastle during the weekend.
Ben Duncan, from Peregian Beach, finished fourth in the under-16 boys in the Sanbah boys cadet cup competition.
More than 60 of the nation's up-and-coming surfers converged on Dixon Park beach for the event, which was contested in temperatures of about 40 degrees Celsius.