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Last Updated: Sunday September 28 2008 17:07 GMT

Boy makes waves in surfing world

Harry with his surfboard

A 12-year-old boy from the south-west of England is taking the surfing world by storm.

Harry, from Newquay in Cornwall, first stood up on a surfboard at the age of three, and now trains FOUR times a week.

Last year he was British champion in the under-12s, and last weekend he won the under-14 nationals at Newquay.

And this weekend he reached the semi-finals of the under 16s Oakley Pro Junior competition.

But he works really hard, making a 40-mile trip, three times a week after school to train with his coach, Kelly O'Toole.

Harry surfing
Harry's been surfing since he was three
On top of that, he trains once a week with the British surfing squad near his home in Fistral.

And at least every other weekend from April to November he takes part in competitions.

Harry says his best moment so far was winning the European Moskito competition at Fistral in 2007.

"On the last wave I put my hands in the air to claim it and got carried up the beach.

"It was so good. I was crying with happiness," he said.


British team coach Andy Sturt said: "He has the world at his feet. He has the talent.

"It's up to us to nurture it to maximise his opportunities at competitions."