COFFS Harbor surfer Will Martin finished fifth in the national final of a prestigious surfing competition.
The 13-year-old finished fifth in the boys 14 and under event at the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final in Melbourne.
Martin has competed against Australia’s top junior surfers and proven he belongs in their elite company.
The national final was not held within traditional ocean boundaries, but rather at Melbourne’s URBNSURF wave park.
The talented grom qualified for the national final after taking part in the #GromSearchOnline event, which saw surfers receive generic entries from surf clips submitted online.
The Coffs Harbor Boardriders Club member highlighted the different nature of the event compared to traditional surfing competitions.
“The wave pool is really different, the concept is actually really fun because there are loads of different varieties of waves,” he said.
The national finalist recalled his experience against the best juniors in the country.
“I was the youngest in my age category, and it was really tough because all the kids can surf really well and I was just thrilled to get into the final,” he said.
“I stuck with what I was doing and just played it wave by wave because you needed fluidity to be able to go well because if you get caught behind the wave you can’t do anything else. “
Martin’s next big event will be the Barney Miller Charity Surf Classic next weekend.
By Aiden Burgess