TUGUN 'young blood', Sarah Mason, will head a teenage tsunami into this weekend's Lizzy Surf Slam, the one and only state surfing title event for females in Queensland.
A winner of elite junior surfing contests in Australia and internationally, the 13-year-old captured the attention of the world surfing fraternity by finishing third in the trials of the season-opening Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks in February.
Mason knows it will be an uphill battle to win the coveted trials wildcard.
“It's going to be really tough to win through to the trials with so many good surfers entered into this weekend's event,” Mason said. “Dimity (Stoyle) has been surfing really well, and the performance levels have really been lifted to last year.”
The two-day, all-female tournament is stacked with potential junior giant-killers including reigning state open women's champion Buderim's Stoyle, Crescent Head ripper Ellie Jean-Coffey, Kingscliff up-and-comer Codie Klein and Cabarita carver Brittani Nichol.
Stoyle is barely out of school, but showed pure class in defeating former world champion Peru's Sofia Mulanovich and former world number four, Australia's Jessi Miley-Dyer on her way to a runner-up finish at Surfest in Newcastle last month.
The Lizzy Surf Slam is designed to be a great, fun weekend with a real social atmosphere, and is a perfect event for women and girls to have their first crack at competition surfing.
With entries still available, contest organisers at Surfing Queensland are still encouraging surfers to enter the event via the online payment link at www.surfingqueensland.com.
The event also features U/21, U/18, U/16, U/14, seniors (O/28) and masters (O/35) divisions.
The Lizzy Surf Slam is a fully mobile event and will start tomorrow at 8am at the best available break before finalising on Sunday.
For all event updates please check out www.surfingqueensland.com.au or call the Surfing Queensland Event Hotline on (07) 3030 6388.