Junior world surfing champ Garrett Parkes, (left) 15, and Ellis Ericson, 17, who won gold in the team event at Portugal.
Junior world surfing champ Garrett Parkes, (left) 15, and Ellis Ericson, 17, who won gold in the team event at Portugal.

Byron boys back after conquering world at surf ?Olympics

By ADRIAN MILLER

AFTER reaching the giddy heights of surfing world domination last week, Byron Bay's Garrett Parkes and Ellis Ericson are back to earth with a bang.

Garrett won the Under-16s ISA World Junior Surfing crown at Costa de Caparica, Portugal, this week, while Ellis was a member of Team Australia, which took home the Team's gold medal, blitzing silver medallist Hawaii by a lazy 1500 points.

Garrett, 15, said his win at the event, which is regarded as surfing's version of the Olympics, was amazing.

"It was the best feeling in the world," he said. "I worked really hard at it and I was just stoked to come out with the win."

The pair arrived back in Australia on Wednesday morning after the nine-day competition and Ellis, who finished ninth overall in the Under-18s, said the entire experience had been worthwhile.

"It was a really good eye-opener and a good experience to see how the other countries approach their surfing," he said.

"It was good to compete against different people. "I just got my medal out of my bag this morning and it only started to sink in now what we did. It's pretty amazing.

"I'll definitely take a lot out of it and I'm glad I had the experience." But it's back to school today for Garrett for his School Certificate.

"It's a bit of a shock having to go to school," he said. "I've got an exam on Monday!"



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