Wheeling his way to a win
COOLANGATTA'S Harry Wheeler upset a star-studded under-16 final to take out event two of the Arnette Queensland Junior Surfing Titles at North Stradbroke Island on Wednesday.
Wheeler revelled in the solid offshore conditions and carved a combined two-wave score of 17.57 in the final to leave fellow finalists Noa Deane 10.66, Harry Bryant 8.4 and Eli Steele 7.57 in his wake.
In unusual circumstances, Wheeler actually contested four heats against fellow Coolangatta grom and number-one seed Deane on his way to victory, making his triumph in the competition all the more impressive.
Not to be outdone 'Coolangatta Kid' Jack Freestone continued his impressive form with an emphatic display of technical surfing to secure the title in the blue-ribbon under-18s boys division.
Freestone now holds a commanding lead in the series ratings points after claiming victory in last month's opening event on the Gold Coast and his selection in the state team to represent Queensland at the Australian Surfing Titles in November now appears imminent.
“Before the last Arnette QJST event, I hadn't won an event for a while, so it's good to get another win and get back into some rhythm,” Freestone said.
“I'm really looking forward to hopefully making the Queensland team for the Australian Titles.”
The local girls weren't quite so fortunate, with Coolangatta's Amiya Doyle was edged out by Clasje Goebel in the under-18 division, and series leaders Eden Putland (Currumbin) and Brodie Doyle
(Coolangatta) were upstaged by Sophie Callister in the under-16s.
The top 24 rated under-16 and under-18-year-old boy surfers and the top eight under-16 and under-18-year-old girl surfers will be invited to contest the final event on the Sunshine Coast from August 8-9.