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Just for fun

MOTHER of three Roz Mackenzie will be one of several veterans taking to the water in the 19th annual All Girls Surf Showdown at Lennox Head today.

The event is famous for being a breeding ground for future female surfing superstars but it also has a place for the most casual of surfing enthusiasts.

“It's the only event I compete in and it's just a bit of fun really,” Mackenzie said.

“I like to see how I go every year and where I've improved.

“I've never made it past the first round, but who knows, maybe I will this weekend.”

Contest co-ordinator Kellie O'Brien said it was an event that was open to all women.

“It's a good way to keep women involved and foster longevity in the sport,” she said.

“I love seeing women get back in the water and compete, long after some of them have hung up their surfboards.

“We were the first major surfing event that catered for women over 40.”

Wild weather forecasts have meant the event has been condensed from three days to a single day of competition.

That will make for a busy day.

“We'll be doing double banking in all of the heats,” O'Brien said.

“Hopefully that will lift the standard of competition and be a good test for everyone.

“I'm stoked I'll be competing in the over-40s and will be wearing a wetsuit I bought from Tyler Wright.

“I hope it still has the magic in it and can bring me some luck.”

The open, junior pro and long boarding divisions will be ones to watch.

“Melissa Combo (Ballina) is at the top of her game and will defend her crown from last year,” O'Brien said.

“She is a passionate surfer and awesome to watch.

“The open division is there for the taking and anyone can win on the day.

“Big turns will win it and I think Codie Klein (Kingscliff) will be up there.”

Free face painting for children will begin at 12.30pm.

Surfing starts at 8am.



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