Locals make most of choppy surf
Once again it was the Sunshine Coast kids who were the standouts on day two of the Arnette Junior Surf Challenge yesterday (Tuesday).
A lashing from southerly winds forced organisers to relocate the competition from Coolum Beach to Maroochydore and in the choppy conditions, Marcoola’s Will Myers looked right at home.
He took an early lead in round two of the under-18 boys’ intermediate division, leaving behind Gold Coast’s Sheldon Paris and fellow local Julian Thomas (Mudjimba).
Myers busted out a massive 7.67 in the two- to three-foot beach break waves and followed up with an impressive ride that scored him an almost perfect 9.47 to secure him the number one spot.
Myers said he was lucky to score a couple of good set waves.
“It was like a lucky dip out there,” he said. “It was really bumpy and you couldn’t really tell which waves were going to offer scoring potential. I guess I was in the right place at the right time.”
Another day two star was Matt Williams who defied the difficult conditions to take out a round two win in the under-16s intermediate division.
The Coolum surfer demonstrated superior wave selection, jagging a 7.33 and 8.50 to seal the win with a two-wave total of 15.83 points.
Other high-scoring under-16s intermediate round two winners included Sunshine Coast’s Jake Fissenden and Michael McCarron.
The action will continue today. The main contest site is Maroochydore beach, but the event does have the option of going mobile to find the best waves between Alexandra Headland and Coolum.
Noosa's Dean Iezzi was among the heat winners on the opening day of the Billabong Pro Junior, the final event of the 2008 Australasian pro junior season.
He tallied 7.60 points with his best two waves at Bells Beach to advance from the round of 96.
Not so fortunate were Shane Felsinger (Caloundra) and Thomas Stubbs (Maroochydore) who were both eliminated