By ROBYN BRISTOW
A young North Canterbury surfer is making big waves in the surfing world.
Campbell Heasley (10), of Amberley, has just arrived home from winning the Year 6 and below division at the primary school surfing championships at Makorori Beach, near Gisborne.
In the new Year-6-and-below boys’ division, Campbell was one of two Christchurch surfers up against Gisborne’s Ben Kassel and Whangarei’s Isaiah Backhouse.
The Waikuku Beach-based Northside Boardriders surfers got the best of the match-up, with Campbell beating teammate Jack McKenzie with the two North Islanders left in their wake to take the minor places.
Northside Boardriders also did the South Island proud by coming runner up in the club championship in the 12 club strong field, behind Gisborne Boardriders Club which had the home town advantage.
Campbell’s skills started at about aged 6 when he and his older brother Liam, aged 12, who was also competing at the championships, were taken by their parents to Waikuku Beach to join in the activities of the Waikuku Beach Surf Livesaving Club.
Young surfers encouraged the pair to skip surf Lifesaving and join them out on the waves.
“The coach would look around when surf lifesaving was about to start and they would be gone,” says Scott, their father.
The pair initially used their boogie boards as surf boards to learn the art.
“They picked the whole lot up from the Northside Boardriders and they never looked back,” he said.
Campbell followed Liam into competition and learnt a lot from his older sibling and both are very confident in the water, are “really good” swimmers and very competent lifesavers.
“You have to have a bit of savvy about you and know what you are doing when surfing,” says Scott who often joins his sons out in the briny.
There were no rules and it was each to themselves when they were competing.