Sibling surfers to clash in Mid North Coast Girls Classic

THEY train, eat and share the same room together, but Chelsea and Lucy Green of Taree will put all that aside this weekend.

The main concern will be who surfs the cleanest wave, not who should keep their room clean.

While the Mid North Coast Surf Classic’s emphasis is on participation, the teenage sisters will hit the surf for bragging rights.

They will even directly oppose each other at Rainbow Beach in the open shortboard division.

Lucy, 13, has current bragging rights after her 17-year-old sister had to withdraw from last year’s final due to other commitments.

As a result, the younger of the two had the bonus of not having to compete against her sister, but it means Chelsea hasn’t forgotten about it leading in to this year’s event.

“Last year we both made the final, but then I had to go to a rugby tournament so I didn’t get to surf in the final,” she said.

​They both admitted there was a competitive edge and Lucy was the worst at it.

“She likes getting everything her way, so it makes her a lot more competitive,” Chelsea said.

“I’m more relaxed and calm about it all, but she likes winning.”

​The oldest Green sibling admitted that she would still like to get one over her younger sister this weekend.

“It didn’t really bother me last year, but I would like to do better because it is my sister,” she said.

Competing against each other at the annual event won’t be unchartered territory.

“We’ve gotten used to competing against each other in this competition,” Chelsea said.

In recent years, the younger Green is closing the gap in terms of success on the water.

“I’ve won the open’s once, came second in the open’s once, won the 14s, won the 12s and also came fifth in the 14s as well,” the younger sibling said.

“Last year I came second in the opens and won the 14s.”

The family regularly visits the Hastings from Old Bar, spending the weekend at North Haven Beach while training in Port Macquarie.

Both sisters attend St Clare’s High School in Taree.

Classic this weekend

THE two day Mid North Coast Girls Surf Classic will start on Saturday at Rainbow Beach.

There’ll be surfing in shortboard and longboard categories. Divisions in the shortboard will be 12 years and under, under 14, 16, 21 and open divisions. Longboard surfers can contest the over 45s, 55s and open.

The official heat draw will be on display on Friday at the Bonny Hills Beach Hotel with the event conducted by the Mid North Coast Girls Surfriders Inc.

Sisters Chelsea and Lucy Green will battle for honours at the Mid North Coast Girls Classic this weekend.

Sisters Chelsea and Lucy Green will battle for honours at the Mid North Coast Girls Classic this weekend.