World Juniors a stepping stone for young Quinn
COOLANGATTA junior surfer Quinn Bruce is flying the flag for the southern Gold Coast as he gets set to represent Australia at the ISA World Junior Championship in Ecuador this year.
The Aussie team are the reigning world champs and are going into South America aiming to go to back to back.
Quinn, who is sponsored by Volcom and frequents the line-up at Snapper Rocks, said he was frothing at his selection as one of only four juniors to be selected in the Under 16's division.
Regarded as a future world tour surfer by many in the industry, Quinn said he just wanted to focus on one goal at a time, the trip to Ecuador being number one on his current list.
A move from the Sunshine Coast to Coolangatta and school at Palm Beach Currumbin High has paid off for the young shredder.
"I get to surf five times a week at school and we live within walking distance of Snapper Rocks, on the hill at Duranbah," Quinn said.
National team coach Andy King was confident the team would perform well at the world champs but said it was not all about individual performance or winning.
"The world juniors is a team event, and although surfing is very much an individual sport we had to consider peer respect and those who want to surf for the team as a whole and not just on their own," Mr King said.
"Selection wasn't just based on results at the national junior titles. Results at pro juniors were the major focus, and will be again in 2014, and then the national juniors through to regional events."
Selection in the national has been a stepping stone for greats of the sport, like 2012 world champion and Tweed resident Joel Parkinson.
Quinn's competitive results in junior events speak volumes for his future, at age 15 he posted the highest heat total at the Australian Pro Junior in Coffs Harbour earlier this year.
The Junior Championship will be held at Salinas Beach, Ecuador from April 5 to 13.
My Daily News will keep readers posted on Quinn's progress in Ecuador.