Byron teen crowned world's No 2 surfer
BYRON Bay surfer Kyuss King finished second in the 16 Boys Division at the 2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Portugal.
Kyuss battled out nine days of competition in a range of conditions and made it to the finals day with heavy swell.
He posted a nine (out of 10) in the semi-final which saw him secure a place in the four-man final.
It was a battle for first place between Australia and France with Kyuss only needing a mid-range score and holding priority in the dying minutes but the ocean didn't offer the wave he needed to take the gold.
Kyuss finishes a huge international campaign and brings home both an individual silver medal and a Team Australia silver medal.
"I'm so stoked to be crowned number two in the world,” Kyuss said.
"It's been a crazy nine days of competition against the best in the world.
"It's definitely a highlight in my surfing and I'm looking forward to coming home to Byron after travelling and competing.”
Meanwhile, Australia's India Robinson claimed silver in the under-16s girls and Harley Ross came fourth in the under-18 boys.
Lennox Head surfer Mickey McDonagh was equal 7th and Byron Bay Boardriders' Joel Paxton equal 19th.