Zac's bumper month of competition ends with state title win

WINNING SMILE: Zac Wightman after his win at the school surfing titles.
WINNING SMILE: Zac Wightman after his win at the school surfing titles. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

THE sky is the limit for Skennars Head surfer Zac Wightman.

He has just completed a bumper month of competition, capped off by victory in the under-16 boys' final in the NSW School Surfing Titles in Maroubra at the weekend.

It was an all Far North Coast final with Wightman beating Lennox Head surfer Luke Condon in the decider.

Another Lennox Head surfer, Cali McDonagh won the under-19s girls final.

Wightman, 14, will now represent NSW at the Australian School Surfing Titles.

"I've never made it to this level before so it's pretty exciting," Wightman said.

"I went down early and did a lot of training before the event and it paid off.

"Most of the surfers were from Newcastle and Sydney; there were only a couple of us from around here.

"I just go out there and try to have fun."

Wightman was a stand-out in the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in Lennox Head last month.

He made the semi-finals of the under-16 boys division in an event that attracted some of the best young surfers from across the globe.

"I've had three competitions in the last month and two of the results have been really good," Wightman said.

"I had my eyes on Skullcandy for the whole year and it's great to get that sort of result at home."

Wightman is a member of the Lennox-Ballina Boardriders and surfs regularly at Sharpes Beach.

Wightman knows he has a long road ahead but he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Le-Ba clubmates Owen Wright and Adam Melling who are standouts on the World Championship Tour.

"It's great having those guys around to look up to and learn off," Wightman said.

"Le-Ba is a great training ground when we don't have any competitions for a while.

"I've been thinking about it a bit this year and I want to go all the way and be up there with the big names."



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