VYING FOR A SPOT: Jay Phillips is one of the contestants in this weekend?s Quicksilver pre-trials event at Duranbah.
VYING FOR A SPOT: Jay Phillips is one of the contestants in this weekend?s Quicksilver pre-trials event at Duranbah.

Long road to glory



A STAR-studded field will turn out in a huge local line-up this weekend bidding to have a crack at the 2006 Quiksilver Trials.

At least 90 of the best known local surfing names will be at Duranbah trying to qualify for next year's Quiksilver Trials at Snapper Rocks in March from the pre-trials event.

Only first and second will qualify from this weekend's pre-trials into next year's trials, where only first will gain entry into the first WCT event of the new year, the Quiksilver Pro WCT.

Last year, Snapper's Shaun Gossman just pipped Sunshine Coast's Leigh Sedley in the dying seconds to win the prestigious spot into the main event.

Organisers will be hoping this week's southerly swell will stick around until the weekend, although it does not look promising.

Last weekend Snapper's Damon Harvey won his spot in both the 2006 Quiksilver trials and Billabong Teahupoo trials after finishing on top of the QCC ratings, despite losing in the quarterfinals of the last event, the Billabong Queensland Open.

Cabarita's Josh Fuller, who placed fourth in the QCC final and second behind Harvey in the ratings, also gained a berth into the 2006 Quiksilver trials.

Congratulations to seasoned Tweed competitor, 29year-old Scott Wildin for taking out the Billabong Queensland Open from Dave Reardon-Smith (Maroochydore) in second and Snapper's Jay Phillips in third.

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AUSTRALIA'S hottest male and female grommets are frothing over this week's Rip Curl Gromsearch, with 180 contestants competing in the six categories from 12years-and-under to 16-yearsand-under.

It's the fifth of seven events held all over Australia. The finals will be contested today and the winners will join other national winners to compete with international competitors at next year's Easter Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria.

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THE DVD movie premiere of the Oh Yeah International Student Surf Challenge 2 will be screening tonight at the Coolangatta Hotel from 9pm. Everyone is invited!

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HERE are the winners of the Mail's Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing prizes: - Kiralee Taylor, of Elanora, Charlotte Boulanger, of Kingscliff, Sharne Booth-Ford, Natalie Phillips, of Cabarita Beach, Linda Barrett, of Currumbin, Danielle Davison, of Terranora, Jackie Willoughby, of Cobaki, Robyn Price, of Tugun, Lorraine Mattea, of Tugun, Jaime Murphy, of Palm Beach, Gina Godfrey, of Burleigh Waters, and Katie Johns.

Prizes can be picked up from the Daily News office at 13-17 Rivendell Estate, South Tweed Heads.

For your chance to win more surfing prizes, get the Mail from January 9.



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