Star juniors contest team surfing
THE JR Surfboards Kirra SurfStock Junior Teams has turned into a premier 20-years-and-under teams event with a star-studded field of some of the best juniors in Australia.
Sixteen clubs from Noosa to Ballina have submitted some of their best juniors with four 20-years-and-under riders, one 16-and-under and one 12-and-under.
The Kirra Surfrider Club will host the inaugural Junior Teams as part of the Kirra SurfStock Festival tomorrow as a one-day competition from 8am until 4pm.
All clubs are to meet at the Kirra Surf Club at 8am (DST) for the check in.
What makes this event even more challenging is an all-girls team competing against the guys.
The Kirra SurfStock All Girls feature both the Doyle sisters Amiya and Brodie – who are in the Snapper Surfriders – joined by the McNeven sisters Bridey and Jamie – also of Snapper – and Olivia Wheeler of Kirra.
Under-18 Queensland state boys champion and rated 15th on the Australian Pro junior circuit, Jack Freestone (pictured) will compete for his club Kirra Surfriders with Jesse Allen, Sam Clift and Mitch Duggan.
The Snapper Surfriders will have top-rating pro juniors Mitch Crews and Blake Ainsworth, the Peira- Ryan brothers and Dexter Muskins, while North End will have Chris Bennetts and the Thorne Brothers.
There’s $1000 prizemoney on the line with a beautiful hand-carved trophy from Jason Williams.
Be listening out to the SEAFM morning crew this morning from 6am until 9am when the Morning Crew will set up on the beach at Kirra in front of the Kirra Surf Club.
Special guests will include the world title chasers Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, Bob McTavish, Westerly Windina, the Doyle twin sisters and Lucas Proudfoot.
THE inaugural Kirra SurfStock Festival will host the Tim Bonython’s Jim Beam Australian Surfing Movie Festival at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for an outdoor screening from 8pm-10pm, with singer-songwriter Nick Saxton.
It’s BYO chairs, pillow and blanket to watch the epic movies under the stars.
WHILE the men’s World title race comes down to whoever does better at Hawaii’s Pipeline in December between Mick and Joel, there are still three events left to decide the ASP Womens World Title in an equally tight race between two-times World Champ Stephanie Gilmore – narrowly leading by 167 points – and Silvana Lima.
Hawaii’s Coco Ho, of the famous Hawaiian Ho family, is in third and now in contention after winning the most recent event in Portugal from Chelsea Hedges.
Steph and the girls are currently in Peru and then head for the last two WCT women’s event in Hawaii at Sunset and Honolua Bay.
BURLEIGH’S Jay “Bottle” Thompson survived the icy cold Canadian surf to finish runner-up in the 6-star WQS.
The Burleigh Boy is competing in both WCT /WQS to requalify for next years ASP dream tour.