Cody Klein hopes to make a come-back after injury.
Cody Klein hopes to make a come-back after injury.

Cody Klein is planning a comeback after injury

AFTER a bumper start to 2013, up-and-coming surfer Codie Klein has just had knee surgery after an unlucky training accident.

A damaged lateral meniscus meant putting her competitive surfing on hold after going under the knife six weeks ago.

Prior to the injury Klein posted several outstanding results, placing runner-up at the World ISA games in Panama and a third place finish in Coffs Harbour in July.

"I got some good results and was on track early in the year before the injury; it has pretty much set me back a year but I am still young so it is all good," Klein said.

The former Kingscliff High student recently received a full scholarship at the world-class Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina.

The 19-year-old has the work ethic and talent to be a future champion, something Surfing Australia's CEO Andrew Stark is keen to affirm.

Already seeing results through the training before her injury, she is undergoing rehab and other training at the centre and is itching to get back on a board in November. this year.

"The HPC is such a great facility for my rehab, they take care of everything so all I have to do is concentrate on doing what it takes to be back in the water in November," Klein said.

The 19-year-old has the work ethic and talent to be a future champion, something Surfing Australia's CEO Andrew Stark is keen to affirm.

"Codie is a great trainer, she gets in and does the hard work that's for sure," Mr Stark said.

Being still so young, the talented goofy footer will return even stronger and is intent on feeling her way back into competition by choosing a couple of World Qualifying Series events to enter in 2014, boosting her rating for a full assault on qualifying for the big show, the Women's world tour in 2015.

"I will start next year at the Breaka Burleigh Pro in February and just work on getting a good seeding and find my feet; it makes it so much easier once you are seeded because you are only surfing against one seed rather than two," Klein said.

Still busy between rehab at the HPC and studying commerce and finance, November will come around quickly for Klein, who has the talent and drive to follow in the footsteps of another famous Kingscliff surfing product, Stephanie Gilmore.


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