Grommet off on tour
ANGOURIE teenager Chris Zaffis claimed a national surfing title at Byron Bay over the weekend, but the young grommet will have little time to reflect on the achievement.
Zaffis, 14, is preparing to show Australian surfing legend Mick Fanning his home turf, or rather surf, during a week-long road-trip with seven other surfing prodigies.
Fanning is travelling with the eight junior surfers in a 10-day Red Bull camp from Sydney to the Gold Coast.
Zaffis scored himself a seat on the bus with some scintillating surfing in recent months, including a fourth in the Ocean and Earth International at Cronulla at the start of the year and his win in last weekend's Volcom VQS National Final.
"Yeah, it was a great result to win at Byron," Zaffis said.
"The break we surfed, called the Wreck, was massive and we had consistent five-foot waves," he said.
Zaffis qualified for the Volcom final by winning the qualifying heat at Avalon in Sydney, one of five heats held nationally.
"I won the heat in Sydney to qualify, so I would have been one of the favourites I guess," Zaffis said.
"But you still have to get the right waves in the final and I was lucky enough to come away with a win.
"I scored heaps of prizes too, which is always good."
Zaffis will travel to Sydney to join the start of the Red Bull camp tour, only to drive straight back past his home break at Yamba.
But the youngster is pumped to have the chance to surf the Clarence Coast with Fanning.
"It should be really good. Obviously I have the local knowledge, so I might be able to show the boys a few things," he said.
Despite winning the Volcom National title in the Grom Division (14 and under), the fourth placing in the Ocean And Earth International (under-16) was probably Zaffis's biggest achievement to date.