On crest of a wave

LENNOX Head surfer Stephanie Single expects to be in career-best form at the Australian junior surfing championships in December.

And she is well on her way, after winning the under-18 girls' division at the New South Wales junior championships at Coffs Harbour last weekend.

Single, 17, wants to break into the professional ranks and start travelling overseas soon after the nationals.

She enjoys watching World Championship Tour surfers Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Lennox Head's Tyler Wright.

"To come first in New South Wales is pretty exciting," Single said. "I was stoked with my scores and the whole week was a lot of fun.

"I pretty much look up to all the girls on the tour and it's definitely where I want to be."

Single was always going to be hard to beat after she rode a perfect 10 and she backed it up with a 9.83 for a combined heat total of 19.83 (out of a possible 20) on her way to the final.

She is finishing her final two years of high school by distance education so she can train and surf twice a day.

"Surfing at the (Lennox) Point helped me in the lead-up to the New South Wales titles," Single said.

"It's great to be able to surf with and compete against local girls too."

The New South Wales championships had a contingent of Far North Coast teenagers, with Suffolk Park surfer Kirsten Ogden finishing second and Lennox Head's Cali McDonagh fourth in the under-18s.

Byron Bay surfer Kyuss King was third in the under-14 boys.



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