Swell outlook in the Alley

READY TO RIDE: Last year?s runner-up on the Queensland championship circuit Josh Fuller will be performing in the Billabong All
READY TO RIDE: Last year?s runner-up on the Queensland championship circuit Josh Fuller will be performing in the Billabong All

THE 10th annual Billabong Alley Classic is on this weekend and the swell forecast is looking promising for both tomorrow and Sunday at Currumbin Alley.

The open men's event, which is the first contest as part of Surfing Queensland Championship Circuit for 2006, has grown into one of the best domestic circuits in Australia.

The list of competitors is a mix of WQS and QCC guys and consequently the level of competition will be on par with ASP events.

Last year's winner Damon Harvey of Coolangatta will be defending his title. The stylish radical goofyfoot from Coolangatta used this event last year to bolster his competitive act and was rewarded with winning the overall QCC title for 2005.

Local pro junior from the Alley Boardriders Brendan Leckie has been granted a wildcard.

The event has been largely dominated by local surfers with Mark Richardson having won three times in 1997/2000/2003, Grant Frost in 1999, Luke Munro in 2002 and Joel Parkinson in 1998.

Byron Bay's Yerin Brown took out the title in 2001. The only international to win was Brazil's Adriano de Souza in 2004 while living at Coolangatta learning English.

Last year Adriano finished on top of the ASP WQS ratings and will be lining up for the first ASP WCT event of the year, the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks in March.

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BYRON Bay boardriders took it to the best Queensland clubs by easily winning the annual 9th Gold Coast City Council Cleanwater Challenge at Burleigh on Saturday.

The Boys from the Bay were unstoppable, pocketing $3000 for first beating the Sunshine Coast club, Coolum Boardriders.

Point Lookout Boardriders from North Stradbroke Island finished third after looking the goods in the semis with Bede Durbidge scoring a pair of 9s.

The Kirra Surfriders who won in 2001 were also looking like favorites but settled for 4th place in the final.

The biggest shock elimination was the Snapper Surfriders, previous winners who due to the pro juniors in Victoria were not at full strength.

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SURFING Queensland have now incorporated a new club circuit for this year with as many as five club events and the next big teams event is the Rip Curl Kirra teams challenge on the 24th - 26th of February.

Coming up next for the following week and weekend is the annual Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior which is part of the ASP Australasia pro junior circuit.

Last year's champion, Hawaii's TJ Barron, became the first international winner of the Brothers Neilsen Pro junior. The Billabong Pro teens for both pro junior guys and girls will follow on in February.