Australia’s Top Juniors congregate on North Stradbroke Island for Hydralyte Sports QLD Pro Junior Presented by Hyundai
Australia’s best junior surfers have congregated on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland to kick off the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series with a bang. The first event of the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Hyundai kicks off tomorrow (12th January) and will run over two days.
The forecast is promising with 4-6ft of easterly swell to hit the island all weekend, with moderate south-easterly winds and beautiful sunny weather.
Some of the country’s best surfers will be competing to gain valuable series points which go toward their series rankings before the event heads to Cronulla (NSW) in April, followed by Bells Beach (VIC) in September.
Notable names in the draw include Caleb Tancred (Avoca, NSW), Cedar Leigh-Jones (Whale Beach, NSW), Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head, NSW) and Kai Tandler (Coolangatta, QLD). Tandler took first place in the 2018 Queensland leg of the series and is keen to get his 2019 JQS (Junior Qualifying Series) campaign underway.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it, it’s great having an event of this size so close to home,” said Tandler. “North Straddie is always heaps of fun, it’s an awesome place to go. Having some local knowledge will help for sure.”
Mikey McDonagh is just as excited to get his 2019 JQS campaign underway.
“I love North Straddie, I’ve had a few good results here in previous years,” said McDonagh. “I always want to do my best, and enjoy myself at the same time. These events are always stepping stones for something bigger.”
Whale Beach’s Cedar Leigh-Jones had a strong 2018 season and is eager to start the 2019 JQS season with a bang.
“I’m really looking forward to the Pro Junior,” said Leigh-Jones. “I’ve only been here once before for the Aussie Titles, and I scored some of the best waves of my life at Cylinders Beach. This year I have a pretty similar routine to last, I have a really good board at the moment.”
Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates is excited to see the Pro Junior returning to Queensland again.
“We’re stoked to host a Pro Junior again here in Queensland,” said Yates. “The level of talent is so high in this series each year and this event provides our local surfers with the opportunity to demonstrate their skill at home.”
The Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Hyundai is set to again propel the country’s best young surfers into the future with the full support of Surfing Australia and the World Surf League (WSL).
The 3-event Pro Junior event series will include stops at the legendary Bells Beach, Cronulla and North Stradbroke Island, kicking off at the new Queensland location on January 12th.
“We’re excited to be involved in 2019, our second-year association, with the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series events, where we have the opportunity to see Australia’s best junior talent in action at iconic surf locations,” said Jonathan Biddle, VP Asia/Pacific Prestige Consumer Healthcare and General Manager Care Pharmaceuticals
The WSL sanctioned Pro Junior events, which includes 18 and under boys’ and girls’ divisions, form part of the 2019 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), providing the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title at the World Surf League Junior Championships in 2020.
“Having the Hydralyte Pro Junior Series is a huge help to any young surfer who is looking to gain experience at the next level before moving onto the qualifying series,” said 2018 Australasian / Oceania WSL JQS champion Zahli Kelly.
“As a junior surfer you are still learning everything about competing in a WSL event and these events are the perfect starting point, with the ultimate goal of the qualifying for the WSL World Juniors.
Proudly supported by the WSL and Surfing Australia, the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Hyundai will provide an important event platform at a crucial point in the development of Australia’s leading junior surfers.
Hydralyte Sports Surf Series Event Dates and Locations:
Hydralyte Sports Surf Series - EVENT 1 - North Stradbroke, QLD - Jan 12 - 13, 2019
Hydralyte Sports Surf Series - EVENT 2 - Cronulla, NSW - Apr 27 - 28, 2019
Hydralyte Sports Surf Series - EVENT 3 - Bells Beach, VIC - Sept 24 - 25, 2019