Tuncurry body boarder, Millie Chalker continues to demonstrate why she is the reigning Australian champion.
At the 2019 Surfing NSW State titles in Kiama earlier this month, Chalker claimed an impressive round one win in the open women's division.
Sixteen-year-old Chalker posted a respectable two-wave heat total on day one of the two day titles before taking the maximum number of leader board points heading into the next day.
Going into the second final Chalker was in the lead until friend and competitor Kaylah Pisani got the wave edging her out in the dying minutes.
Chalker had to settle for second place but at the same time earned an opportunity to defend her national title in August.
The Year 11 Great Lakes College student is looking forward to surfing against some of the country's best at the Tweed Heads event.
Despite the second place Chalker said she was happy with the result.
"I was pretty happy with how I surfed on the day," she said.
"But, I have to admit I was disappointed I didn't get the first."
Before the nationals, Millie will get in two more practice surfs with the NSW Pro Tour in June and the Jeff Wilcox Memorial in July.
Chalker, who is keen to see more women enter the water, has been promoting the sport through newspaper, magazine and TV appearances.
"It's a great sport for women.
"You make life-long friends with many of your competitors."