Campbell retains kiteboarding title
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
TANNUM Sands kiteboarding star Campbell Barker pulled out all the right moves to win his second straight national title at the recent Australian Junior Championships in Geelong.
The dextrous 16-year-old kept his cool in the hot Victorian conditions during the event to easily defeat a strong collection of rivals.
A happy Barker was pleased to retain the title he won for the first time last year.
"It was pretty cool to win at the nationals again,'' Barker said.
'To win last year was great, but to defend my title this year was even better.'
Barker added the conditions down in Geelong presented a totally unique challenge in the funniest of ways.
'The hardest part was getting used to all the flies, they made things a bit tough, while seaweed was something a bit different,' he said.
With the title victory ensconcing him in the world's elite juniors, Barker could be forgiven for taking his home appearances at Tannum Beach a bit easy.
But nothing is further from the truth and the talented Barker is constantly perfecting new moves when he is home.
'I have been working on getting my 720 right, unfortunately I have only landed it once in competition so far,' he said.
'But that is what you practise for and I am focused now on getting things right for Easter.'
When Barker mentions Easter, he is talking about the Coconet Classic, an event he is keen to win this year.
'I am really looking forward to the Tannum comp and hoping to go out there this year and win it,' he said.