Two lucky young surf grommets from Warrnambool have won an Australia-wide competition to attend the Quicksilver Pro in Queensland.
Asha and Jace Nepean entered the Nikon Coolpix competition by submitting a smiling photo of themselves with their surfboards ready to take to the water.
Little did they know the picture would make them the Victorian competition winners.
They will join seven other youngsters from around the country in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet surfing icons such as 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and five-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore.
Asked what she was looking forward to most, seven-year-old Asha said it was meeting her surfing idol, Sally Fitzgibbons.
Jace, 10, said he was looking forward to the free surfing lesson provided to the winners.
Proud mum Debbie Nepean said she and her husband had bought the children surfboards for Christmas and enrolled them in the local surf school late last year so they could learn how to use them.
“We wanted them to learn how to use the boards and to have a healthy lifestyle,” Ms Nepean said.
“Asha always wanted to do SurfGroms and she loved it so much we enrolled Jace.”
The siblings have displayed natural talent with both managing to stand up on their first lesson.
Keith Curtin, coach at the Go Surf school, said he was thrilled that the pair had won the competition and hoped it would inspire others to learn how to surf.
“They have done really well. We’re very excited for them,” he said. “It’s great they get to meet their icons and have that experience.
“Hopefully it will mean we will see more kids doing fantastic programs like this one where they learn about ocean safety and have fun in the water.”
Asha and Jace will also walk away with a new Nikon camera, a Quicksilver merchandise pack and plenty of stories to tell their friends.