Little Jesse takes on the big kids
EIGHT-year-old Jesse Parkinson is comfortable competing against groms a few years his senior.
The Yaroomba surfer (pictured) was a groms boys finalist in the Caloundra RSL Surfabout at Currimundi.
He lined up against 10-year-olds Landen Smales, Caleb Pont and Seb McDonald.
"The faces of the waves are pretty clean to give the kids pretty good opportunities," Surfabout contest director Dan Fitzgerald said
The competition saw about 80 boys and girls surf twice.
The two scores were combined to determine who went through to the finals yesterday.
"Each year the bar seems to be a little bit higher and the 10-year-olds are going out and surfing by themselves and using their own awareness of the ocean to showcase their skills, which is really cool to watch," Mr Fitzgerald said.
"Each year we see a bit more style and flow from the younger surfers."
Ahead of his final, Jesse said the surf was a bit choppy but he was confident in his ability against the older surfers.
"I won both of my heats and now I'm through to the finals," he said.
"It's just really fun."
Jesse's dad, Dean, said Jesse started surfing when he was about four.
"He started with myself and his older brother Jye (now aged 11).
"They're both sponsored by Quiksilver," he said.
"They love just hanging out and going for a wave, the two of them together.
"They surf every day."
Jesse came second in the final, pipped by Caleb.