Lennox surfers carve a name for themselves
THREE Lennox Head surfers made the finals of the Breaka Burleigh Pro and the NSW Open State Titles at Cronulla yesterday.
Owen Wright had to overcome Lennox-Ballina Boardriders teammate and close friend Adam Melling in the men's final of the ASP 4-star rated Gold Coast event.
Wright walked away with $15,000 after scoring 15.27 (out of a possible 20) with Melling on 13.97.
"It feels great, I've put so much effort into training lately and I'm feeling fit and injury-free," Wright said.
"It's my first win since New York in 2011 and it's important to get that winning feeling back."
Melling had been dominant in the event all week and scored an 18.43 in the semi-final against New Zealand surfer Ricardo Christie.
He also scored 18.87 in the quarter-final and can add $7500 to his bank account thanks to his second placing.
"I'm pretty bummed on second place; the goofy footer got me," Melling said.
"There were some great heats early today and I'm still pretty happy with the result."
Melling and Wright will be full of confidence heading into the first World Championship Tour event with the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast next month.
Owen's younger sister Tyler was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the women's event.
Meanwhile, Lennox Head surfer Stephanie Single has taken out the open women's division at the NSW Open State Championships.
Single threw down multiple high-scoring waves early in the competition and surfed a perfect 10-point wave in the quarter-final.
"I was just having so much fun out there," Single said.
"I was looking to build my scores early with some mid-range fours and fives and to go from there."
Newport's Holly Wawn led for most of the final before Single caught a punchy right-hander that propelled her into first place.
She also walked away with Wave Of The Day honours after her 10-point ride.
Single was awarded a wildcard entry to the Newcastle Surfest and the 6-star ASP-rated Hunter Ports Women's Classic next month.
She has also secured entry to the Australian Surf Festival which takes place at Port Macquarie in August.
Le-Ba surfer Sam Morgan also surfed at the event but didn't make the final.
Single won the under-18 girls division in the NSW Junior Championships at Coffs Harbour last year and finished fourth at the Australian titles in December.