You are never too young to dream big and 11-year-old Oceanna Rogers is riding a wave of inspiration from the likes of Culburra world champion Tyler Wright to be the best young surfer she can be.
The Shell Cove youngster has been in the water since age five and has been steadily improving to be among a group of talented South Coast female surfers.
The current crop of gifted young female surfers includes the likes of Holly Wishart, Zahlia Short, Charli Hurst, Keira Buckpitt, Summer Simon and Kiara Meredith among others.
Oceanna’s father Brett competed in the Australian Professional Surfing Association in the 1980s and believes many of the up-and-coming group of young female surfers are following in their parents footsteps.
‘’The kids are coming through and there’s a lot of good ones and you look at Sally (Fitzgibbons) and Tyler (Wright) and see what is possible,’’ Brett said.
Brett says his daughter is a huge fan of Tyler in particularly and one day hopes to herself become a professional surfer.
‘’That’s what she wants to do.’’
Most recently she finished runner-up in the Kiama event of the national Wahu Surfer Groms Comps. She had the highest scoring wave in the U12s Girls final, but suffered a penalty on one of her two waves.
It was a tough break, but part of the ups and down of competition.
Last year she won the corresponding event at Kiama in the U12s, while in 2014 she won the Cronulla event.
The following year at Cronulla she finished runner-up but became the first surfer in any age group to earn a perfect 10 score for a wave.
This year Oceanna won the Wahu event on the Northern Beaches and was second at Kiama – plus was second in the Barton Lynch Blast Off event and third in the NSW State titles at Maroubra.
Oceanna is a member of the Southbridge BoardRiders Club and competes in both under 12s and under 14s girls division to gain extra experience. The family is indebted to her sponsors Beach Street Surf Scene at Warilla and Hurley. Brett is exploring taking Oceanna to Hawaii next March and looking for suitable events.
The kids are coming through and there’s a lot of good ones and you look at Sally (Fitzgibbons) and Tyler (Wright) and see what is possible