Macdonald one to watch at Oakley

CLASSY Kingscliff surfer Mitchell James fell victim to red-hot local hope Tim Macdonald at the ASP Oakley Pro Junior on North Stradbroke Island yesterday.

Macdonald proved he will be one to watch as the event reaches the business end of competition, posting the day’s highest combined two-wave total of 13.98 (possible 20) as he outclassed Margaret River’s Creed McTaggart (11.55), Cronulla’s Chris Robertson (9.65) and an unlucky James (6.50).

The news was much better for Tugun’s ASP Australasia ratings leader Thomas Woods whose stellar runner-up form from the Hurley Pro Junior continued.

Posting an 11.05, he made light work of his heat and easily trumped Werri Beach’s Matt Gale (10.60), American Cole Moody (9.90) and Forster’s Sam Schumann (8.55).

Keeping with the Queensland dominated theme of the day, Caloundra’s Eli Steele scored an 11.50 to advance alongside fellow Sunshine Coaster Josh Menger (8.75), at the expense of Ballina’s Luke Streader (7.85) and Lennox Head’s Joseph Sandercock (7.10).



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