So close for Noosa’s Coco

Coco gives it her all on finals day. Photo ISA.

Local surf star Coco Cairns has done Noosa proud with a seventh place finish at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships at Praia da Macumba, Brazil.

With the world title in sight in her last event as a junior, the reigning Australian under 18 champion, will no doubt be disappointed with the final result – so much work, so near and yet so far – but she surfed brilliantly in erratic conditions throughout the gruelling week-long contest to cap off a stellar junior career with the second highest Australian placing over all divisions.

She goes into the senior ranks next year with high expectations and the ability to back them, plus solid sponsorship from Noosa surfboard company Campbell Designed, among others.

Australia’s Irukandjis team endured a tough final day, slipping from first to fourth for a copper teams medal, with only under 16 Aussie sensation Sierra Kerr making the podium to win the gold individual medal in her division.

Full details in Life of Brine page 51.