STATE CHAMPION: Banora Point surfing prodigy Cali Barrett won her third state junior surfing title at last week's championships in Coffs Harbour.
STATE CHAMPION: Banora Point surfing prodigy Cali Barrett won her third state junior surfing title at last week's championships in Coffs Harbour. Scott Powick

Schoolgirl hungry for more after third state title win

SURFING: Fresh off her third state title, California Barrett has set her sights north of the border to take on the best juniors in the Sunshine State.

The Banora Point product was crowned NSW under-16 girls champion at the state titles held in Coffs Harbour last week.

Cali, as she is affectionately known, now holds three junior state titles dating back to 2015, when she won the state's under-12 crown at 10 years of age.

The teenager now heads up to North Stradbroke Island, off the Redland City coast near Brisbane, to compete in the Queensland Schools State Titles.

While living in the Tweed, Cali goes to school at Palm Beach Currumbin, taking part in their surfing excellence program.

She will attempt to be one of the very few juniors to be able to lay claim to titles in two states when competition begins on Thursday.

"I will have to be at my best this weekend because I will be coming up against some very good surfers," Cali said.

"It would be awesome if I could win because that would be two titles in two states."

The Tweed teen has attributed her success, especially last week's NSW state title, to her coach Chelsea Georgeson.

The 2005 world champion has been guiding the rising star, offering her advice from her years of experience, which is translating to great performances in the water.

"I cannot describe how lucky I am to have her," Cali said.

"She is a bit goofy, just like me, so we work really well together.

"It is great because I am achieving success in something I love and to have all of the hard work pay off is awesome."

The Queensland titles offer the Tweed surfer the rare opportunity to compete against her rivals from Queensland.

She said this week's competition would have a slightly different feeling for her, as she reunites friends from the north of the state.

"I am looking forward to seeing my friends from all of the different schools and competing with them," she said.

An injured knee from last weekend is the only concern for the Cali camp as they compete in the Queensland competition for the first time.

Competition will begin on Thursday and conclude on Sunday.



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