Le-Ba’s Stuart Kennedy shows his skills.
Le-Ba’s Stuart Kennedy shows his skills.

Local surfers pumped for big task

‘GIANT-KILLING’ is on the to-do list for Lennox-Ballina Boardriders Club when they contest the Surftag national finals at North Narrabeen in Sydney this weekend.

The Le-Ba ‘B’ team got the club through to the finals, but will now call on big guns Adam Melling, Stuart Kennedy and Owen Wright to tackle some of the world’s best.

In the first round of the finals Le-Ba face Noosa, Yallingup and Avalon.

It’s a stern test considering Noosa finished ahead of our boys in the Queensland finals and West Australian club Yallingup will be led by world No 4 Taj Burrow.

Only two clubs will progress.

Club spokesman Rod Steeles acknowledged the enormity of the task, but said the draw would not daunt his team.

“We are not worried by the draw or who we have to face because it’s the Australian finals, everyone is good just to be there,” Steeles said.

“If you want to win you have to beat some of the best teams on the way through anyway.”

Marcus Aboody, Jock Barnes, James Wood, Sonny Russell and Dan Thompson surfed Le-Ba through to this stage, and although Melling, Kennedy and Wright will be available, team selection will not be revealed until this morning.

“We have a solid squad so whichever way we go I am sure we’ll do well,” Steeles said.

Some of the world’s best surfers will be on show for their Australian clubs this weekend including top two Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, Dean Morrison, Mick Campbell, Chris Davidson and Kai Otton.

With solid results in the past few years Steeles is confident Le-Ba has the team to take the title.

“We have made the finals previously but this is our best team yet,” he said.

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