Local girls shine
Local surfer Tara Christie finished third behind Buderim’s Dimity Stoyle and Naomi Stevic (Sunrise Beach) in last weekend’s Lizzy Surf Series held at Coolum and Mudjimba.
The win was Doyle’s first of the 2008 season and she did it in style with a combined heat total of 18.96 out of a possible 20.
Stevic finished with a 12.66 total, just ahead of Christie on 12.33.
Making the most of the incoming high tide conditions, Stoyle mixed critical moves with down-the-line speed to snag $1,000 and 1000 rating points.
“I’m so happy to take it out,” she said.
“To win in front of my friends and family on the Sunshine Coast makes it that much better.
"The $1000 prize money is handy as well.”
It was an easy win for the 16-year-old natural foot, bagging a 9.07 in the opening minute of the 20-minute final, before netting a near perfect 9.87 to blast her opponents out of the water in the fast peeling right handers.
“It was really good to start with that 9 point ride,” she said.
“My confidence was high and I was in good rhythm all the way through the final. I’m stoked.”
After two rounds of the series, Stoyle is a comfortable leader in the open women’s rating on 1860 points, with Suffolk Park’s Ellie Jean Coffey second on 1610 and Stevic (1590) third. Stoyle backed up her open victory with a win in the under-21 girl’s division, to add to a string of Coast victors.
Naomi Stevic won the under-18 division.