Narooma surfers qualify for Junior State Championships

Phillip Davies and Matt Driscoll will surf in July for a chance to qualify for the Australian Titles in South Australia.
Phillip Davies and Matt Driscoll will surf in July for a chance to qualify for the Australian Titles in South Australia.

Two young Narooma surfers have qualified for the state titles after impressive performances in Kiama last weekend.

Matt Driscoll and Phillip Davies, both students at Narooma High School, will travel north to attempt to qualify for the national championships later this year.

Driscoll will held to Sydney’s Maroubra beach for the under 14s boys competition, while Davies will head to Coffs Harbour for the under 16s.

Driscoll has also been selected for the South Coast Surfing Academy Program, to be held in October.

Matt is only 12 years old, but has spent his entire life in the sea.

“I grew up right near the beach, so I just keep going every single day,” Driscoll said. “I found surfing, and it was so fun that I kept doing it.”

Davies said the competition at Regionals in Kiama was “fantastic”.

“The waves were really good,” he said.

“It was really good competition, there were some great surfers.

“I really loved the comp, it was a great set up.”

The boys will now start planning for the next stage of the competition, and while they’re not expecting to came away victorious, they will give it a red-hot crack.

“I’m not too sure in myself in going well, but I’ll do my best,” Davies said.

The youngsters will be training with the Dalmeny Boardriders, a group they have been surfing with for more than a year.

“It’s given us a lot of tips in how to surf in competitions,” Driscoll said.

“Matt Hoar, and some of the other people in the boardriders, have been a big help.”

Davies also praised the influence of the Dalmeny Boardriders.

“We’ve got a pretty good idea of competition surfing now, which the boardriders has helped us with,” he said.

Davies’ state titles will run from July 20-24, while Driscoll’s will run from July 27-29. Both boys are competing for a spot in the Australian Titles in South Australia.

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