Lennox girls to face off
By ALEX EASTON
LENNOX HEAD women Rachel Bonhote-Mead and Jenny Boggis stand at opposite ends of a surfing career.
Ms Bonhote-Mead, 22, this weekend won her first professional heats in a surfing competition at the All Girls Surf Showdown at Ballina, while Ms Boggis, 28, returned to the competition after retiring from the pro-circuit last year.
Speaking after winning their respective heats on Saturday, both women were excited about the competition ? but for very different reasons.
Ms Bonhote-Mead, who grew up in Lismore, said she saw her win as a possible first step in a surfing career.
"I'm 22 now and you see Layne Beachley still doing it at 32; so you just keep plugging away at it," she said.
"I surf any time I can: In the mornings and in the afternoons during daylight saving and all weekend."
Ms Boggis, who grew up at Byron Bay and plans to teach surfing in retirement, said she was excited at the standard of surfing being shown by women at the competition.
"You can see what the future holds for women's surfing. The women are making a real impression," she said.
Ms Boggis said she had started her professional career at the showdown.
"It was my stepping stone to my professional career. It means a lot to me to be able to go into it again," she said.
Ms Boggis and Ms Bonhote-Mead both contest the semi-finals this morning in the hope of getting a berth at the finals this afternoon.
Showdown spokeswoman Maz Pentecost said about 180 girls from Australia, New Zealand and Japan were competing.
The competition will be held at Lennox Head today from 7.30am. Any change of venue will be sign-posted at the Lennox Head Newsagency.