Scene set for surf's rising stars
BILINGA'S Mitch Duggan hopes to steer his way to a podium finish in the inaugural Michael Peterson and Mick Fanning Rising Star Challenge at Kirra today.
The 16-year-old has been regarded as one of the best up-and-coming surfers on the junior scene since securing the Queensland Cadet title in 2007, and after a solid 2008 is optimistic of kicking off his 2009 campaign in style.
“Hopefully I can get a top three finish,” Duggan said.
“I think Jack Freestone and Ice Pereira-Ryan will be the biggest competition.
“Ice and I have been pretty even, but Jack has been getting the better of me lately.”
Under the new format each grom will surf four 10 minute rounds, with the winner decided by the highest aggregate total.
Competitors can catch a maximum of three waves in each heat, with the highest scoring wave counting towards their total.
“It's exciting having a new contest,” Duggan said.
“It's pretty special that Mick (Fanning) and MP (Michael Peterson) are supporting us.
“I want to surf my best in front of them both.”
A legend of Kirra surfing, MP is excited to support the growing talent in the area and is looking forward to watching the next generation shine.
The action will kick off this morning at the best surf available on the southern Gold Coast.