April 6, 2023

Young talent time

Six local surfers have been crowned winners of the 2023 Gail Couper and
Wayne Lynch Surf Coast Rising Star Surfing Awards.

The annual awards recognise the highest ranked Surf Coast Shire young male and female surfers (18 years old or under) of the past year.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:
• Juliet Muscroft (U18)
• Belle Day (U18)
• Dune Pruvot (U16).
• Willis Droomer (U18)
• Remy Filer (U16)
• Jack Lindsay (U16).

The Rising Star awards added to the build-up of this year’s Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, with recipients invited to receive the honour at the official Rip Curl Pro Welcome Event on Monday this week. The event was an opportunity for the local Rising Stars to rub shoulders with some of the sport’s biggest names, as they prepare to compete in the 60th anniversary of the iconic World Surf League competition.

“The event is an opportunity for the local Rising Stars to rub shoulders with some of the sport’s biggest names...”

Before the Welcome Event, the Rising Stars reflected on their blossoming surfing careers and where it all began. Each recipient caught their first wave on the Surf Coast – some at Cosy Corner while others started at Point Addis and Fairhaven. The youngsters also highlighted their idols – from Stephanie Gilmore, Laura Enever and Courtney Conlogue, to Griffin Colapinto, Ethan Ewing and Bobby Martinez.

With surfing a vital part of the region’s culture, history and social fabric, the Surf Coast Shire launched the Rising Star Awards in 2017 to acknowledge the outstanding surfing achievements by local young surfers.

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Surf Coast Shire Council Acknowledges the Wadawurrung People, and Gulidjan and Gadubanud Peoples of the Eastern Maar, their Elders and leaders past, present and emerging as the Traditional Owners of the skies, land, waters and sea country across our municipality. We acknowledge their care and custodianship for more than 60,000 years, which continues today. We walk with them as we respectfully care for and tread lightly on these lands. We also extend that respect to all First Nations people who are part of the community.