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Joey Silk - winner of the Under 16s Boys category, inaugural Reflections Cadet Cup


TEEN surfers faced gusty weather conditions and fierce competition in the inaugural Reflections Cadet Cup on the NSW Mid North Coast this weekend.

The debut Cup, staged at Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills, by Reflections Holidays in partnership with Surfest, attracted 76 competitors over two days of competition on Feb 10 and 11, with boys and girls competing in Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s categories.

The winners were: Maverick Macgugan (North Avalon) in the Under 12 Boys category, and Coco Woolley (Boomerang Beach) in the Under 12 Girls category; Hamish Harrigan (Coffs Harbour) in the Under 14 Boys, and Mali Adam (Merewether and Port Macquarie surboard clubs) in the Under 14 Girls; Joey Silk (Crescent Head) in the Under 16 Boys, and Chelsea Darling (Hat Head) in the Under 16 Girls.  

The Minister for Sport, Lands and Property, Steve Kamper, said it was great to see the debut Cadet Cup draw the cream of teen surfers to the area, boosting patronage of local businesses and tourism services.   

“The fact that there was such strong demand for entries for the inaugural Reflections Cadet Cup shows just how healthy surfing is as a sport and how important events like this are to regional communities,” Mr Kamper said.

“Reflections manages holiday parks on Crown land in popular surfing locations on both the north and south coast. This partnership with Surfest was a great opportunity to support the growth of youth surfing and regional tourism.”

Reflections CEO Nick Baker said the Cup, which included the competition alongside an ‘Eats and Beats’ zone with food trucks and music for the community to enjoy, had been a resounding success that the organisation was proud to stage.  

“As the largest holiday group in NSW, partnering with Surfest, the biggest surfing festival in the Southern Hemisphere, was a no-brainer, with both of us placing great value on the great outdoors and connecting communities in nature, as we’ve seen here this weekend,” Mr Baker said.

Surfest co-ordinator Warren Smith said the Reflections Cadet Cup had drawn a highly competitive field in the teen ranks and witnessed history in the making with the surf talent at Rainbow Beach.

“The whole weekend was a fantastic showcase for these young surfers who will be tomorrow’s champions, and the night-time entertainment on this most wonderful stretch of the NSW coastline was the icing on the cake,” Mr Smith said.


“There’s been so much good feedback from competitors, their families and locals that organisers have already started talking about how it’s going to be a challenge to make the Reflections Cadet Cup even better in 2025.”

 The full list of finals results:


Under 12 Girls

  1. Coco Woolley 2. Isabel O’Boyle 3. Sage White 4. Matilda Harrigan

Under 12 Boys

  1. Maverick Macgugan 2. Sonny Leong 3. Conor O’Boyle 4. Bali Dobson

Under 14  Boys

  1. Hamish Harrigan 2. Zeke Woollam 3. Luca Martin 4. Kade Kelly

Under 14 Girls

  1. Mali Adam 2. Penny Fletcher 3. Lily Sain 4. Maggie Winn

Under 16 Boys

  1. Joey Silk 2. Benji Lowen 3. Joe Rocco Sommerville 4. Mateus Leal

Under 16 Girls

  1. Chelsea Darling 2. Halo Banfield 3. Alana Fletcher 4. Avalon Vowels

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