TWO South Coast teenagers have proven they can match it with some of the state's best surfing talent.
Werri Beach's Holly Wishart finished runner-up and Culburra Beach's Keira Buckpitt was third in Sunday's under 16 girls final at the NSW Junior State Titles at Sawtell.
Homegrown talent Rosie Smart secured the victory.
The trio were among those competitors to qualify for the Australian Junior Surfing Titles, to be held in Queensland later this year.
"I'm so happy to qualify for nationals," Buckpitt said.
"Hopefully I can make the final again, but it's going to be tough."
There was plenty of South Coast talent on display in the under 16 girls category.
Shell Cove teenager Oceanna Rogers and Austinmer's Zahlia Short were knocked out in the semi finals, where they were up against Wishart and Buckpitt.
Buckpitt, an Ulladulla Boardrider, finished first with a score of 14.47, just ahead of Wishart on 14.10, to advance to Sunday afternoon's final.
Buckpitt was among the favourites to win but it was Smart who emerged victorious with a score of 13.57 from Wishart on 9.57 while Buckpitt (6.84) was third.
Buckpitt praised Smart for her win but said she didn't save her best for last.
"I didn't find the right wave like I did in the semis or quarters [finals]," she said.
"Conditions were good until the tide dropped a bit, then it got fast. But Rosie surfed really well [to win]."
The under 16 boys class was won by Angourie's Harley Walters from Manly's Vincent Winter on Sunday.
Other South Coast products to compete at the event included under 16 girls Jess Ikin and Bronte Herft (both Gerringong) and Erin Willets (Kiama), under 16 boys Matt Driscoll and Valentino Guseli (both Narooma) and Cooper Collinge (Kiama), under 18 girl Arabella Tarpey (Narooma) and under 18 boys Archie Riddick and Tyler Ikin (both Ulladulla), Keegan Willets (Kiama) and Hayden Ward (Gerringong).