IT was a mixed bag for Evans Head surfer Callum Robson after an impressive start at the NSW State Junior Surfing Titles at Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills.
Robson posted the highest wave score of the event in the first round of the Under-18 Boys but struggled to find the same form as he went into the fourth round of competition.
Despite only needing a 1.4 scoring wave to move into the runner-up position, Robson opted to go for a hail mary aerial that was deemed to be incomplete by the judges and as a result fell marginally short of Boston Phillips (Sawtell) and Aidan Lewand-Parsons (Ulladulla) who claimed first and second respectively.
Meanwhile, Lennox Head surfer Nyxie Ryan continued to build on her highlight reel worthy performance, posting an impressive 16.66 two-wave heat total to take a win in the third round of the Under-16 Girls.
Ryan won the Under-14 girls division at the Occy Grom on the Gold Coast earlier this month and was runner-up at the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in Lennox Head last week.
In other divisions, the 2016 Under-16 Boys NSW Champion Jay Brown showed he was more than capable of mixing it in the older division, posting a giant 16.67 two-wave heat total to seal himself a spot in the man-on-man quarterfinals.
Brown scored a variety of punchy lefthanders in the predominate righthand beachbreak to lock-in two excellent wave scores.
Tweed Heads surfer Alyssa Lock also won her third round heat and will compete in the quarter-finals.
The final two days of the event will comprise of the NSW School Surfing Titles.
It is the seventh year Surfing NSW will combine the NSW School Surfing Titles into the event.
The event is mobile in the Port Macquarie area with Town Beach, Flynns Beach, Light House Beach, Rainbow Beach and North Haven Beach all venue options.