The first day of the Kaos Surf PRD Cadet Cup kicked off today in tricky one foot surf at Birubi Beach as competitors fought to earn themselves a position into the final day of competition.
Local competitor Mike Clayton-Brown (Corlette, NSW) set an early standard in the opening round of the Under-16 Boys, posting an impressive 16.1 two-wave heat total. Clayton-Brown executed an array of decent turns to post the aforementioned score and send a warning shot over the head of his competitors as the competition edges closer to the final day.
Jordy Turansky (Cronulla, NSW), Saxon Reber (Manly, NSW) and Zac McMartin (Woolooware, NSW) all joined Clayton-Brown in the first round winners circle and will make their next appearance in tomorrow’s semi-finals.
Charli Hurst (Port Kembla, NSW), Charlize Everitt (Boomerang Beach, NSW) and Matilda Taylor (Norah Head, NSW) all set a high standard in the opening round of the Under-16 Girls division, all claiming respective heat wins.
Fresh off a victory at the recent Rip Curl GromSearch in South Australia, Winter Vincent  (Manly, NSW) came charging hard out of the gates in the Under-14 Boys division, posting an excellent 8.67 wave to gain the edge against his opposition. Vincent nailed an eclectic mix of powerful snaps and carves to gain the upper hand in the heat and seal a spot into the semi-finals.
Not to be outdone, Baxter Hurt (Collaroy, NSW) put on a solid display of surfing in the tricky conditions to post a respectable 12.33 two-wave heat total in the 14 Boys. Hurt will meet Vincent, Dom Thomas (Swansea, NSW) and Zac Tinson (Merewether, NSW) in tomorrow’s semi-finals.
Rosie Smart (Sawtell, NSW) made her journey south worthwhile nailing a mammoth 16.26 two-wave heat total in the Under-14 Girls. Smart seemed to be carrying the same momentum that saw her recent win the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp at Coffs Harbour, posting the previously mentioned score and left her fellow competitors needing two-wave combinations to take away her lead.
The Open Women's Pro-AM will get underway tomorrow.

The Kaos Surf PRD Cadet Cup and the Open Women's Pro-AM events will give amateur women and promising junior stars the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in women’s surfing.
The main base for Open Women's Pro-AM and Kaos Surf PRD Cadet Cup is Birubi with backup locations of One Mile Beach and Fingal.
All competitors are advised to call the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.
The elite World Surf League (WSL) QS competitions – which will run from the 8 – 13 November – will comprise of Women’s 6,000 and Men’s 1,000 rated divisions and provide the women with a healthy boost of points to finish their 2018 QS campaigns.

All information on the Open Women's Pro-AM and the Kaos Surf PRD Cadet Cup is available on surfingnsw.com.au
The 2018 Port Stephens Toyota Pro couldn’t happen without the support of the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The entire event will run from November 3 – 13. For more information and a live broadcast head to worldsurfleague.com and check the WSL App.
The 2018 Port Stephens Toyota Pro is also supported by Port Stephens Toyota, Port Stephens Council, AirAsia, Kaos Surf, PRD Nationwide, Wanderers Retreat, The Oasis Eco Retreat, KeySun, Murrays Brewery, Newcastle Airport, Surfing NSW and WSL.