Mason faces hot field on her home waves

TUGUN surfer Airini Mason will take on some of the hottest female surfers in this weekend's Billabong Girls Spring Classic at Duranbah Beach.

Mason, who is ranked number three on the ASP Australasian junior girls' tour, will start favourite in the open women's division following her runner-up finish in the Billabong Pro Junior Series event at Bulli Beach in Wollongong last weekend.

"I'm really excited about the prospect of competing on home turf," Mason said.

"My high-placing at Wollongong has really boosted my confidence, so I can't wait to compete."

Mason will face stiff competition from Rebecca Oakley (Burleigh Heads) Sheridan Shields (Bilinga), Tara Christie (Sippy Downs), Amy Hart (Currumbin) and Paige Houden (Fairlight, NSW) in this all-female event. The Billabong Girls Spring Classic will run from Saturday September 22 to Sunday September 23, 2007 and is the second event of the 2007 Billabong Queensland Surf Series (QSS).

The all-female series is the richest open women's circuit in Australia. With three events slotted in, the Billabong Queensland Surf Series (QSS) boasts $15,000 prize money and a chance to tackle the world's best surfers.



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