Markus Haywood-Gill, 14, during the Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Board Championships at Agnes Water.
Markus Haywood-Gill, 14, during the Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Board Championships at Agnes Water. Brenda Strong

Markus gets into the surf act during board championship

PADDLING into the waves, Markus Hayward-Gill was not concerned about competition, but rather enjoying the time he was able to spend on his surfboard.

At a different beach than he is used to, Markus was attending the Wide Bay Capricorn Under 11-17 carnival simply as a water safety helper, not even for his own events.

The Tannum Sands club member lucked out though, taking the opportunity to get a go in the Branch Board Riding Championships before the carnival kicked off.

"I have been surfing nearly all my life," Markus said. "I reckon I went all right. It was only me and my stepbrother Lachlan."

Not competitive with his stepbrother, Markus preferred just to enjoy the trip south to Agnes Water and the good conditions.

Despite not being involved in the carnival, the Tannum Sands State High School student was pretty happy with how the day planned out.

"I prefer surfing. I try to get out there when there are waves," he said.

As for the result in the Agnes Water competition, "I don't think I beat him," Markus admitted, not worried at all.