Grom Of The North

Photography: Matt Jones

Photography: Matt Jones

Name: Cedar Lani Leigh Jones – 
Age: 13 years
School: Barrenjoey High School, Avalon

How old were you when you caught your first wave? I was two and caught my first wave at kiddies’ corner, Palm Beach.

What got you into surfing? My mum, dad and both sisters all surf, so it was natural for me to start surfing too. My family lives at the beach.

What’s your favourite break on the Northern Beaches – and elsewhere?  On the Northern Beaches, it would have to be The Wedge, Little Avalon and Suck Up at North Avalon although my favourite overseas waves are Velzy Land, Sunset, Pipe and Chuns, on the North Shore of Oahu.

What board are you riding and do you have any sponsors? I’m sponsored by Channel Island Surfboards and my favourite models at the moment are Fever, Rook15 and the Bunny Chow, all 5’2.

Do you have any other sponsors? I’m also sponsored by Hurley, Onboard Stores, FCS, Sticky Bumps, Beach Without Sand surf shops and Amazon Power.

Do you ride for a club? My local boardriders club is NASA, North Avalon Surfriders Association. I’ve been surfing in the club for six years.

Do you compete – in what – how are you doing? I’ve been competing since I was six, starting with Barton Lynch’s BL’s blast-off every September at Whale Beach. I’ve won the NSW State Title five years in a row 2013-2017. I’ve won two national Rip Curl 12 and under in 2015 and 2017 and came runner-up in 2016. I came third in the U14 Australian titles in 2015 and runner-up in 2016. I’ve won over 20 Wahu/Woolworths Surfer Grom comps since 2011 and heaps of others. For my local club NASA, I won the Open Women’s and Groms and was named Club Person of the Year in 2016.

Natural or goofy? I’m natural, go the natural footers!

What’s your surfing goal – short term and/or long term? My short term goal is to win the Australian U14s Junior Title this December. I’ve come third, then second, so I really want to win this year! My long term goal is to reach the Championship Tour in 2020, and hopefully win a world title in the long run.

Biggest wave you’ve ridden and where? It would be around eight-foot at Sunset, in Hawaii.

Scariest surfing moment? In October of this year (2017) at Blueys Beach, on the mid-north coast of NSW with a bunch of groms for the Hurley youth camp. We were sitting out the back when a small swell came and a huge shark swam straight through the wave and towards us. I freaked out and paddled in. Everyone else stayed out so I ended up surfing for another hour!

Favourite sports person you look up to? Every time I surf, my sister Bodhi and my dad Matt always come out with me and I love watching them surf and really look up to them. I love watching Carissa Moore, Sally Fitz and Jordy Smith surf too because they’re all really powerful, fast and do sick turns.

Will you always surf? I hope to become a professional surfer but even if I give up competitive surfing, I will always surf. I want to be one of those 70-year-olds that still surfs everyday but it’d be amazing to be paid to travel to awesome surf spots and do something I love.

Any advice for younger groms? Keep surfing, even through winter and make sure you always have fun with it. Stay stoked!