Suffolk surfer ready to compete at top level for first time
SUFFOLK Park surfer Kian Shahar will take a "nothing-to-lose" attitude into the Australian Junior Surfing Championships in Kiama this weekend.
Kian, 15, is part of the NSW team and is competing at the top level for the first time.
About 200 surfers will compete across age divisions at the week-long event.
"I've got nothing to lose, I just have to go out there and try my best," he said.
"I've never made it to this level and it will be all the best kids from around Australia."
Kian has been surfing since he was eight and started competing in events four years ago.
He finished fourth at the NSW State competition at Maroubra to qualify for the Australian championships.
"I was really surprised to make it and now I'm just looking forward to it," Kian said.
"Surfing is a lot of fun and I just take it as I go but you always look forward to competition and showing everyone what you can do.
"I'm looking forward to travelling there with the NSW team."
The Far North Coast contingent also includes a handful of Lennox Head surfers.
Cali McDonagh, Zac Wightman, Mikey Wright and Luke Condon will also compete.
A win at the national level is regarded as a major step in a surfer's competitive career.
Previous winners include ASP Men's World Champions Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning.
Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Lennox Head professional Tyler Wright have also won this event in the past.
Injured Lennox Head surfer and former World No.3 Owen Wright will be in Kiama.
"Owen Wright is going to be there and coach us for a couple of days," Kian said.
"I'm really looking forward to that part of the week."