Could this teen be the next surfing champ from Lennox?
GUTSY surfing by Lennox Head teen Nyxie Ryan saw her take out the 2018 GromSearch National Final in the U14 division in pumping surf on Wednesday.
The natural-footer's tactical approach to wave selection saw her capture a cracking swell in the last few moments of the final heat at Sandon Point, Wollongong.
Such dedication and focus has seen Nyxie wipe out the competition in her age group for three years running.
Yesterday, fresh out the surf and excited by her result, Nyxie was all smiles with her achievement.
"I'm pretty happy," she said. "The conditions were pumping, the waves were so, four to five foot right-handers, they were peeling all the way through."
Padding out in the final heat, Nxyie said she was looking to get two good waves and work up from there.
Her two best scores were 7.5 and 9.4.
"I wanted to stay busy and get two good scores under my belt," she said.
"I managed to get two good waves even when I did not have priority as the girl that did just ignored them and I just said sweet and went for it."
In the final Nyxie was up against some serious talent with Ellia Smith (Coolum Beach), Amelie Bourke and Giorgia Lorentson (Sunshine Coast)
Nyxie said she felt her surfing has progressed and she had come a long way in the previous 12 months.
"Doing lots of training at the surfing High Performance Centre means I'm getting more confident and making better decisions," she said.
"Now I am preparing from my first ever Qualifying Series event at Cabarita."
Nyxie said her coaches have been fantastic in helping her succeed.
"I also want to thank my coaches Kate Skarrett and Jenny Boggis," she said.