Byron surfer in top 10 By JANN BURMESTER
In what was her first year competing on the World Championship Tour (WCT) Byron Bay professional surfer Laurina McGrath has finished a credible eighth. "I wanted to finish in the top 10, so I have achieved my goal," Laurina said. "It's great, it's been an amazing first year on the circuit and I am looking forward to bigger and better things next year. "In fact, I only just missed out on seventh place." Laurina's best results were two third placings in Fiji and Tahiti. Her favourite surfing location is Fiji. Laurina still has as much passion for the sport as she had when she was a young girl surfing the waves in Byron. "I just love it. I hope I can continue for many, many years."
Meanwhile Byron Bay's other two professional surfers, Danny Wills and Kieren Perrow have finished the year with mixed results. Kieren has finished in 35th spot which means he will have to surf his way through trial events in 2005. However his association with Rip Curl means direct wildcard entry to the main event draws at Bells Beach (Victoria), the Reunion Island Rip Curl Search and the Rip Curl Pipeline. Kieren took three months off this year to spend time with his wife Danielle and to attend the birth of his first-born, a son Tosh in June. Danny Wills has finished in the top 20 in the world with a final ranking of 16 so will automatically qualify for next year's WCT. All three are now taking a well-earned rest before hitting the world's best waves again next year.
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