Zack’s surfing with the best
SINCE he was three years old, Zack McMahon has been riding the waves on a surf board or testing the slopes of a skate park.
The 13-year-old Evans Head resident is now making his own waves in the surfing competition world, beating some of the big names along the way.
"Last year I went into competitions with Surfing NSW," Zack said.
"I got to regionals but just missed out on going to the NSW state team by 0.007 of a point."
Despite being discouraged and wanting to give up surfing for a while, Zack was determined to try again this year.
Again he entered the NRMA NSW Junior Regional Surfing Titles in Lennox Head earlier this year, but it was a hard slog.
"I didn't have a very good start," he said.
"I had to requalify in the heats and was up against some big names."
Coming first in his heats, Zack said, his confidence was boosted.
"It was a good feeling to make first and my mates were all cheering me on."
In the semi-finals Zack made it into the top eight, which meant he earned a place in the state team
There were some amazing highlights during the competition where he beat the United States U16 second-best surfer Kyuss King in the quarterfinals, as well as Dakota Walters, rated fourth in Australia, for the same age group.
Zack is now off to the NRMA NSW Junior State Titles in the U16 division in July in Port Macquarie.
Both Zack's parents, Brett and Julie McMahon, are understandably very proud.
"I was sitting on the edge of my seat while he was competing," his mum said of the regional competition.
"I knew he was capable of doing it (qualifying for the state team), but it was doing it in that amount of time."
Dad Brett said they wanted to thank Darren Handley Designs for the support they had given to Zack with his surf boards.
When asked how far he wanted to go, Zack's answer was predictable.
"As far as I can go."