Taking it to the Max
WADEBRIDGE School pupil Max Payne has returned from competing for Great Britain at the World Junior Surf Games in Panama, Central America, with fantastic results.
The 14-year-old finished as 49th in the world, the highest placed GB surfer in his age group.
Max travelled out in April to compete against the elite of Australia, Hawaii, USA, Brazil, Japan, France, Spain, Mexico and the rest of the surfing fraternity in the world's largest ever junior competition for under 18 and under 16 surfers, with more than 400 competitors from some 31 countries.
Max qualified to compete against the world's best under 16 surfers. He was ranked 49th in the world and the ninth ranked European.
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The event was based on countries having a team of four surfers in each age group, with each persons individual score going towards the teams overall position.
GB finished 14th overall, with Max able to secure the most points for his under 16 team. The conditions in Panama were amazing, with perfect surf and tropical temperatures, but Max had to quickly learn to deal with the threat of saltwater crocodiles and sharks in the water. In order to make the trip Max received tremendous support from family, friends and local businesses, whose generous help enabled him to compete on the world stage.
Now back from his adventure, Max is training to compete on the UK Pro Junior and British surf competition circuit.