Beach Breaks Carnival and NSW State Titles hit Maroubra

Beach Breaks Carnival and NSW State Titles hit Maroubra, By LAURA AUBUSSON
- 24th July 2015
(The Southern Courier)

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Maroubra local Koda Killorn, 11, will compete in the state surfing titles at Maroubra this weekend.
Maroubra surfer Koda Killorn is small in size but leaves a big mark in the ocean beating competitors two years older than him.

The Southend Boardrider is expected to be a standout in this weekend’s NSW Grommet State Titles from Friday to Sunday showcasing the best U14 surfers across NSW.

Koda, 11, was first pushed on a wave at Maroubra at age four. He started competing less than two years ago and was quick to impress.

At age 10 he took out the U12 Southside Regionals, and placed fifth in the U12 State Titles.

“It’s really hard, there’s a lot of really good surfers,” he said. “But I can learn, and I can see what they do on the waves if they are better.

“I just love being out there, on great waves.”

He trains with his dad Jamie, and surfing coaches Paul Moffatt and Matt Griggs – who introduced Koda to his favourite surfer, Aussie pro Owen Wright.

“I like his style, he is a goofy surfer – like me – and he’s Australian and number three in the world.”

The surfing final will coincide with Randwick Council’s Beach Breaks Carnival on Sunday from 12pm.

The carnival has market stalls, food, rides, entertainment and inductions into the Australian Surfing Walk of Fame.

This year’s inductees are Maroubra big wave surfer Steve ‘Blackie’ Wilson, and former pro surfer Jessi Miley-Dyer. Olympians Ron McKeon and the late Walter Brown will be inducted for surf life saving.

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