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THE rainy weather didn’t dis­cour­age the groms shred­ding five-to-six foot waves for the Hur­ley BL’s (Bar­ton Lynch) Blast Off com­pe­ti­tion.

The comp has wrapped up for an­other year with the fi­nals tak­ing place at South Avalon Beach, Sydney.

The New­portNet Un­der-8’s Boys showed three Coast frothers: Mof­fat Beach res­i­dent Hunter An­der­s­son on top with first place, Dicky Beach lo­cal Joey Silk placed sixth and Ash­ton Tutt fin­ished up with fifth.

1988 World Surf­ing Cham­pion Bar­ton Lynch watched from the shore - he is ded­i­cated to help de­velop young surfers to their best po­ten­tial.

“Hunter caught my eye on the first day.

“I knew the eight’s were in the wa­ter when I was struck by the ma­tu­rity, power and the form of this young kid and I had to ask the com­men­ta­tors who he was that doesn’t hap­pen all the time.

“That said the per­for­mances by all the age groups were su­per im­pres­sive,” he said.

Through­out the week, kids were videoed when they surfed, then had the op­por­tu­nity for pro­fes­sional post-heat anal­y­sis by the Hur­ley Surf Club team.

“This is kind of ini­tia­tive is what re­ally sets Blast Off apart from other kids events.

“Many of th­ese kids would never have had coach­ing or pro­fes­sional feed­back on their surf­ing and this is the best way for them to be sup­ported and ex­pe­ri­ence that for the first time,” said Lynch.

Check out post-event con­tent at www.blblastoff.


FROTHERS: Young surfers hav­ing a blast at this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

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