With the swell on the rise no one could match the local knowledge of Charles and Jenkins taking out the blue ribbon events in style.
Jenkins was in a league of his own surfing with style and flair that saw him amass an impressive 14.90 to take the crown.
“I’m so stoked”, he said grinning from ear to ear.
“To win against such good competition and in front of family and friends is awesome,” Jenkins continued.
In the corresponding girls division, April Charles reigned supreme.
For Charles her victory today at Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage heralded her as one to watch in the future, after finishing in second place in this event last year.
“I’m really happy with my performance,” Charles stated.
“The conditions were tough out there, with the bigger surf, but I feel that the bigger surf suits me a lot better.”
Edging out Renae Savas (Carringbah, NSW), Ruby Jinks (North Bondi, NSW) and Seaneen Wallace, in a tightly contested final, Charles has no ambitions, to attack the competitive scene... yet.
“I just love surfing,” she proclaimed.
“Competition is fun, but I prefer just to free surf, relax and enjoy myself.”
Unlike other surfing competitions, Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage allows competitors (16 years and under) to surf three heats each without elimination instead of the traditional cutthroat format – something that Charles applauds.
Running in line with Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage was the Down In The Park music festival – a Youth Week festival at Dunningham Park, presented by the Sutherland Shire Council in conjunction with National Youth Week and Lifeline NSW, as a part of National Youth Week.
With the aim of increasing awareness of youth mental health issues in the Sutherland Shire community and to assist in promoting mental health support services and programs available to local young people, the Down in the Park festival attracted a large crowd of 18 – 24 year olds.