Tweed surfers advance
THE local contingent at this year’s Quiksilver and Roxy Pros grew another leg yesterday, with Currumbin’s Mitch Crews and Tugun’s Sarah Mason securing the remaining two main event wildcards ahead of today’s opening rounds at Snapper Rocks.
Reigning Australasian Pro Junior champion Crews, 20, posted a combined two-wave score of 14.20 to defeat Frenchman Marc Lacomare (11.84) and former ASP World Tour surfers Dean Morrison (9.17) and Tom Whitaker (7.67). He will face South African world No.2 Jordy Smith and American Pat Gudauskas in round one.
Equally devastating in the Roxy Trials was pint-sized Mason, who booked her ticket for a showdown with hero and four-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore, of Kingscliff, after clocking a 14.16 to defeat South Africans Sarah Baum (11.90, Bianca Buitendag (10.67) and Coolangatta surfer Brodie Doyle (11.50).
Earlier in the day, West Australian surfing prodigy Jack Robinson outclassed Coolangatta’s Mitch Parkinson, Lennox Head’s Mikey Wright and the Sunshine Coast’s Eli Steele to win the Quiksilver King of the Groms final.