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Hometown hopefuls put to the test at Pro Junior event

NICE MOVES: Alister Reginato during the Pro Junior event at Coolum Beach.
NICE MOVES: Alister Reginato during the Pro Junior event at Coolum Beach. John Andrews/Surfing Queensland

SURFING: Sunshine Coasters were in the thick of the action on the opening day of the World Surf League Pro Junior event at Coolum Beach on Saturday.

In the under-18 boys division, series leader and local hope Reef Heazlewood got things started by winning the opening four-competitor heat amid 1.5m to 2m surf.

He then claimed the highest score of the day in winning his second-round heat (16.50) to reinforce his claims for the title.

But many other surfers with Sunshine Coast links were eliminated, including second round exits to Noah Kearney, Alister Reginato and Thomas Prout.

Noah Stocca got was expected to resume his campaign in round two on Sunday.

Zane Assink, Max Kearney, Taj Stokes, Luke Glover and Kalani and Vetea Wulf bowed out in round one.

Amid the visitors Mikey McDonagh (New South Wales) continued his excellent form.

"Coming into the event everyone is bringing their A-game and ripping. I'm really happy to be here,” he said.

Victorian Tane Bowden also impressed the judges.

"I've been surfing out here for the last couple of days so I've tried to get used to it,” he said.

"I was feeling a bit frisky going into that heat this morning though. It's a pretty junky swell.

Meanwhile, in the under-18 girls section Sunshine Coaster Holly Williams won her round-one heat (6.25) to earn a berth in round two.

Topics:  coast junior pro sunshine


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