WHITSUNDAY surfer Owen Crockett surprised everyone at the Australian Surfing Titles held in Port Macquarie in New South Wales recently.
Coming from a region where waves only hit the beaches in cyclonic conditions, Crockett punched well above his weight to finish 10th in the over 35s division of the event.
“All the other guys hate it because I come from somewhere with no waves so it's good to have it over them,” the talented surfer said now back in Airlie Beach.
“But it was a bit disappointing because I just missed out on the semis.”
Originally from the Gold Coast, Crockett did enough to secure a quarter finals berth as he carved across the small 2-3ft waves.
Despite his initial disappointment Crockett said that he was still proud of his efforts.
“Well it's an honour just to make it that far,” he said.
“It's just good to get there especially when you come from a place with no waves.
“It's especially satisfying as I was up against former WCT (World Championship Tour) guys.”
With many doubting his ability since he moved to the Whitsundays three years ago, Crockett said that years of experience and the occasional surf enables him to still be able to still compete with the best.
“I get a few waves in Mackay every month or so to keep me on my feet,” he said. “It's just like getting back on a bike.”
Following his success at this year's Australian Titles, Crockett will now surf as much as he can in the coming months as he envisions competing at the 2011 Queensland Titles in May.
He hopes that he will again finish in the top four to ensure he qualifies for the Australian Titles.
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