Deane shines in surf
COOLANGATTA'S Noa Deane advanced through to the round of 64 at the Hurley Pro Junior yesterday, despite competing against one of the round's standout performers.
In one-metre pointbreak waves at iconic Burleigh Heads, Deane produced a solid 11.75 (out of a possible 20) – good enough to win a number of the heats – to secure second spot and progress through.
However, it was South African natural-footer Dylan Lightfoot who stole the show with an impressive 14.20 to edge one step closer to picking up the junior surfing world record USD$25,000 winner's cheque.
Crescent Head's Will Coy (9.70) and Maroochydore's Josh Menger (9.30) finished third and fourth.
In heat two, it was Brazilian Caio Ibelli (12.90) who led the way from South African heavyweight Dale Staples (9.25), while in heat three it was Byron Bay's Soli Bali (12.00) who impressed the judges, winning through ahead of compatriot Elijah Criaco (10.60).
The fourth was all about Brazilian Ian Gouveia who recorded the highest round score so far, a 14.00, en route to beating Australian Khai Adams (10.65). The fifth went the way of South African Beyrick De Vries (12.95) ahead of Troy Skillin.
Japanese surfers won the day's final two heats, with Dai Waiko (11.50) claiming top honours in heat six from Snapper's Sol Ryan, and Hiroto Arai (10.25) heat seven from New Zealander Johnny Hicks (7.40).
The ASP six-star event is scheduled to run until Sunday, with a solid spike in swell expected into the weekend.
When competition resumes, first to paddle out will be Australian trio Parker Graham, Harrison Mann and Josh Hyland, and Chilean Guillermo Satt.