Eric Lawton, Ryan Cozens and Jeremy Lawton on Rainbow Beach yesterday. The three Rainbow surfers have been chosen in the Wide Bay surfing team.
Eric Lawton, Ryan Cozens and Jeremy Lawton on Rainbow Beach yesterday. The three Rainbow surfers have been chosen in the Wide Bay surfing team. Craig Warhurst

Our grommets stand up

BROTHERS Eric and Jeremy Lawnton and good mate Ryan Cozens have surfed their way into the Wide Bay Schools surfing side.

The trio of Rainbow Beach grommets have been working hard over the Easter school holidays.

The lads have been fine-tuning their skills in the surf at Double Island Point and Inskip Point in readiness for the state titles at North Stradbroke Island in August.

The boys made the side after competing at the Wide Bay surfing trials at Agnes Water in February.

Ryan attends James Nash State High School and Eric and Jeremy go to Gympie State High School.

At Agnes, they battled trying conditions in small surf to secure their spots.

"It was difficult conditions," Jeremy said.

"It was really hard to surf but we managed to catch a few waves."

The trio aren't holding their breath about making the state side, although they would love to.

They said the competition was set to be really strong.

"We are up against a lot of good surfers from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts," Ryan said.

"It will just be good to get a week off school and go surfing," Eric said, laughing at the prospect.

The Rainbow boys haven't surfed at North Stradbroke Island before but Ryan's father is set to take them on a trip to the island to familiarise the boys with the break.

"We are heading over there for the next holidays for a bit of practice," Ryan said.

"We have been up at Double for most of the week.

"Friday was real good. We have been getting some good practice."

Yesterday the boys were on their way to Inskip to try their luck on the beach break there.

They said sometimes the waves stood up nicely at Inskip and they could catch some good rides.

The Rainbow Beach boys will be joined by surfers from Bargara and Agnes Water in the Wide Bay school surfing team.

Gympie Times


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