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Surfers say 'Aloha' to monster waves


Spreading their wings: Kalani Ball (left) and Riley Killham.

TWO young Stanwell Park surfers leave for the big waves of Hawaii tomorrow where they will be coached by former world champion Barton Lynch.

Riley Killham, 16, and Kalani Ball, 14, will spend two weeks in Oahu under the tutelage of Lynch, who has earmarked them as future champions.

Lynch regularly invites elite young surfers to his training camp and it is understood the Stanwell Park pair will be the only young surfers to be coached this northern winter.

Both said they were looking forward to learning how to ride the bigger surf, which can reach heights of 9 metres (30 foot).

“I want to get more comfortable in the bigger waves,” said Ball, who was the series leader in the U14 2011 Rip Curl Gromsearch and is rated by Australian Surfing Life Magazine as one of the Top 16 surfers in the country for his age.

His ambition is to “make it” in world surfing and “hopefully become a world champion”.

The pair is coached by Cronulla-based Matt Griggs who is pro surfer Mick Fanning’s former coach. They are trained by Michael O’Neil from Thirroul’s Body and Soul Fitness Studio who prepares their bodies and minds for the rigours of surfing.

“It helps us focus and prepare for competition,” said Killham.

The boys received two new surfboards each from sponsor DP Boards for their overseas adventure and they have put in orders for a Bushman Board to tackle the bigger surf once they get there.

They will compete in the Illawarra Titles and the Kirra Teams Challenge on their return.


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