Surfer back on his board

THERE'S enough competition when it comes to vying for a berth on the World Qualifying Series in surfing, without having to battle other barriers.

But for Coolangatta's Ash Keillah, the more challenges, the more determined he is to succeed.

Keillah, 25, is determined to fulfil his goal of making it on the WQS and then hopefully aim for the ASP World Tour.

The promising surfer, who is a member of the Kirra Boardriders, is getting back into the sport after a shocking injury to his eye, suffered while at a party in Surfers Paradise.

Keillah found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and through no fault of his own, ended up with a glass fragment in his eye.

The debilitating injury has kept him out of the water - and while the priority has been regaining his sight in the eye, now that he has been given the all-clear to take to the waves, Keillah is back in training at the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina.

Understandably, he is eager to get back on the competition circuit.

“I've been training with the Tweed Coast's Clancy Dawson who has been pretty well recently and I'm ready to take on some competitions,” Keillah said.

“I want to get back into the Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC) and that means entering the JR Open later this month at Burleigh.”

While admitting he was a “little rusty”, Keilah is quietly confident of taking the setback and turning it to his advantage, capitalising on the “hunger” for getting back into the waves..

“The next 12 months is all about building a platform, raising my profile, gaining some sponsorship and posting some good results,” Keillah said.

Anyone interested in contacting Keillah can do so through email at

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