Lennox Head’s Stuart Kennedy shows his form yesterday at the ASP junior world championships at North Narrabeen in Sydney.
Lennox Head’s Stuart Kennedy shows his form yesterday at the ASP junior world championships at North Narrabeen in Sydney. ASP / KIRSTIN SCHOLTZ

Flying the flag for Lennox

LOCAL surfer James Wood will lead a depleted Lennox Head-Ballina (Le-Ba) team into the Queensland leg of the Australian surftag championships today confident of causing some upsets against the nation’s best surfers.

To be held at Duranbah, surftag is the most competitive teams’ event on the Australian surfing calendar and the only event of its type which permits WCT surfers to participate.

But with Stuart Kennedy and Owen Wright still surfing at the world junior championships and Adam Melling at Forster for a promotional photo shoot, Le-Ba has been robbed of three of its top surfers.

Regardless, Wood believes his team of Marcus Aboody, Jock Barnes, Sunny Russell and Daniel Thompson has every chance to knock off all-star clubs such as Kirra (Mick Fanning and Corey Ziems) and Snapper Rocks (Dean Morrison and Joel Parkinson) in the surftag format.

“This tournament isn’t just for the big names, you have to surf well but you have to surf smart,” Wood said.

“You need to be very selective about your waves but you also need to be wary of the time.”
In surftag, teams of five have one hour to register a score with each surfer allowed only three waves with all waves scored and counted.

There is only one surfer in the water at a time which makes team-work and communication vital.

“We (Leba) all know each other pretty well and work well together so that is a big bonus. ‘Snapper’ will bring out all the big guns but I think we have got a really strong team.”

Wood, who was part of the 2007 team that placed third in the surftag nationals, believes his team of Marcus Aboody, Jock Barnes, Sunny Russell and Daniel Thompson is poised to spring some surprises when they hit the water from 9am today.

“I’m confident we can make it through the Queensland round and into the nationals,” he said.

“And once you get there, anything can happen.”


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