Sunshine Coast Daily

Twins double their success

COOLANGATTA'S Doyle twins, Brodie and Amiya, are following in the footsteps of their role model, two times world women's champion and fellow Snapper Surfrider Club member, Stephanie Gilmore.

Their recent success at the Queensland State Junior titles has them set on a path in a bid for dual Australian titles - combining for their school Palm Beach Currumbin in the Scholastic championships and then competing in individual national titles on the Sunshine Coast in December.

Brodie will represent Queensland in the under 16s and Amiya opted for the under 18s.

The reason was not so much to avoid clashing in the same age-group but as Amiya pointed out, going after one of four spots in the under 18s State team compared to only two in the under 16s.

The Doyle sisters will also take on the boys by representing the Gold Coast in an All-Girls team competing at the Kirra SurfStock one day teams event in November.

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A NEW 'golden era' of surfing was unveiled at last weekend's Arnette Queensland State Junior titles on the Sunshine Coast.

Following in the footsteps of world professional role models like Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore is the next generation of future world champs as was witnessed over the three rounds of competition.

Tugun's Jack Freestone of the Kirra Surfriders lost the third final to Coolangatta's Thomas Woods of the Snapper Surfriders but while he may have lost the battle, he won the war with two firsts and a second to secure the State Junior title.

Woods, formerly of South Africa, who claimed the Rip Curl International Grom Search at Bells Beach during the Rip Curl Pro had a first, a second and fifth to finish runner-up overall.

In the under 16s girls final it was another Goldy exchange between Coolangatta's Brodie Doyle of the Snapper Surfriders and Currumbin's Eden Putland of the Alley boardriders and going into the third final the pair were on equal points.

However a win to Brodie over Eden which settled the State title and only these top two will compete for Queensland in the under 16s at the Australian titles.

In the under 16 boys, Noa Deane claimed the last final and the State title with two firsts and a second fending off a consistent Eli Steele from the Sunny Coast.

Currumbin's Hayden Welch of the Alley Boardriders, who rose to prominence winning a Bali Grom Search earlier this year, fought back after a disappointing seventh in round two and placed third on the weekend to secure his Queensland team position.

It was left to Naomi Stevic of Castaways Beach to wave the flag for the Sunny Coasters winning the under 18s from Amiya Doyle.

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NEW management, a new coach and a somewhat questionable selection process has seen the Surfing Australia team lose its grip on the WISA Games.

The Australian team has dominated the Olympics of surfing since 1996 but his year it was the USA's turn with a solid team of experience, raw talent and former West Aussie Ian Cairns at the helm that quietly reeked havoc at Costa Rica.

The big improvers were the French team claiming two WISA titles with Jeremy Flores winning the opens, his first event win ever while Antoine Delpero won from Australia's Harley Ingleby, in the Longboards to give France its personal best with the silver and leaving Australia to claim the bronze.

Hopefully Surfing Australia will review this result and go back to the winning formula.



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