The world’s best bodyboarders may have descended on the south coast for the Kiama Bodyboard Pro, but it was the locals who starred in the junior competition.
Kiama’s Hunter Nichols claimed the competition after a tight final in which he defeated Maroubra’s Liam Lucas.
Battling tricky conditions, the final was a low-scoring affair, with Nichols scoring a two-wave total of 10.3 to edge his rival.
The 17-year-old has been bodyboarding for just three years and hopes to one day progress from the junior events to the main game and contest the World Bodyboard Tour.
The competitive athletes weren't the only juniors to feature at the competition, with Hawaiian bodyboarding legend Mike Stewart running workshops throughout the weekend that were attending by over 50 budding youngsters.
The nine-time bodyboard world champion imparted his words of wisdom to an eager crowd of attendees, with Australian star Lilly Pollard also providing tips.