Junior surfers cut loose at Burleigh
TWEED'S junior surfers turned on the style at the South Coast Foam Junior Surf Slam at Burleigh Heads on the weekend.
Up and coming surfers from Northern NSW to Noosa competed in the South Coast Foam Junior Surf Slam, with grommets from eight to 15 years of age surfing in five divisions.
The competition was held in half metre waves, just the right conditions for the young ones to show their stuff and that is exactly what they did, ripping up the tiny beach breaks.
Bilinga surfer Mitch Duggan dominated the under-14 final, scoring nine-point rides from the judges.
Miami surfer Tyson Edwards placing second.
Likewise, in the under-16 boys' division Kingscliff surfer Keiren Lloyd dominated the final, with Sam Turner taking second.
Turner also picked up a South Coast Foam surfboard blank for the highest scoring wave of the event, a 9.67 ride in his first heat.
In the girls' under-16 division, 13-year-old Coolangatta surfer Grace Bullen was too strong, winning ahead of Currumbin's Amy Hubbard.
The trip north was worthwhile for Byron Bay surfer Sol Bailey who won the under-12 boys' division, with third generation Coolangatta surfer Noa Deane second.
In the battle of the mini-mes in the under-10s division, Mermaid Beach grommet Calvin Pirie won from Snapper Rocks' Jake Morrison. The South Coast Foam Junior Surf Slam is a surfing event designed for young up and coming surfers to have a go in their first contest. Surfers who have made the team for the state titles are unable to compete.
The event was a huge success, and will have an assured future with South Coast Foam and Fibreglass announcing a continuing sponsorship of the event.
Results - South Coast Foam and Fibreglass Junior Surf Slam
Under 16 Boys - 1st Kieren Lloyd (Kingscliff); 2nd Sam Turner (Maroochydore); 3rd Sam Morley (Broadbeach); 4th Jason Jameson (Cabarita).
Under 16 Girls - 1st Grace Bullen (Coolangatta); 2nd Amy Hubbard (Currumbin); 3rd Denni Taylor (Kirra); 4th Bianca Antis (Currumbin).
Under 14 Boys - 1st Mitch Duggan (Bilinga); 2nd Tyson Edwards (Miami); 3rd Alex Swaddling (Coffs Harbour); 4th Damien Norman (Casuarina).
Under 12 Boys - 1st Sol Bailey (Byron Bay); 2nd Noa Deane (Coolangatta); 3rd Will Morrison (West Tweed); 4th Jonah Lloyd (Kingscliff).
Under 10 Boys - 1st Calvin Pirie (Mermaid Beach); 2nd Jake Morrison (West Tweed).