Surf contest competitors were protected by airborne and sea going surveillance craft at Lennox Head over the weekend.
Surf contest competitors were protected by airborne and sea going surveillance craft at Lennox Head over the weekend. Marc Stapelberg

Surfers protected for Lennox contest

Despite last week's shark attacks the Skullcandy Oz Grom surf contest was held at Lennox Head over the weekend.

Elliot Paerata-Reid, a New Zealand pro-junior surfer based at Lennox, said he didn't like sharks, but was reassured by a big surveillance team patrolling the contest waters.

Contest organiser Cameron Lindsay said the contest "competitors are the most protected surfers anywhere in Australia".

The shark patrol included an aeroplane and a helicopter for aerial surveillance, backed up on the water by two jet skis, an IRB, a jet boat and 24 rostered surf lifesavers, he said.

"We have allayed all the fears of the young surfers and their parents," Mr Lindsay said.

For the first time the event includes a pro-junior contest sanctioned by the World Surf League.

This was a milestone for the competition and helped attract foreign surfers to the event, he said.

"We are seeing the cream of the crop surf at Lennox," he said.

"The local grooms love the chance to surf against the best in the country, it is a great opportunity," Mr Lindsay said.

"A majority of local kids have made it through to the next round," he said.



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