YOU can not see Jackson Baker's bedroom floor for all his surfing gear.
The 16-year-old St Pius X High School student has been surfing for more than half his life, brought up by a beach-loving family.
When he was eight, he tried soccer, but was always looking to squeeze in a surf at Merewether Beach whenever he could.
Next weekend, Jackson will compete in the Mattara Surf Classic competition, which will return to Bar Beach for its 52nd year.
Last year he entered and won the under-16s division, placing ahead of 15 other juniors.
This year, he will compete in the competition's newly created under-21s pro junior division and the open division.
Jackson said he had been training hard in the lead-up to the event and wanted to win again.
"I probably do have a bit of a target on my back since I won last year, but I try not to overthink it," he said.
Jackson surfs the east coast year-round to compete in various competitions, bunking down with family and friends.
Last year he made it to the International Ripcurl Grom Search finals at Bells Beach, Victoria.
The teenager hopes to become a professional surfer, and said the Mattara might be his ticket, as it was for international surfer Mark Richards who won the competition in 1974.