Huge First Day of Competition at Hydralyte Sports QLD Pro Junior Presented by Hyundai on North Stradbroke Island
Day one of the 2019 Hydralyte Sports QLD Pro Junior presented by Hyundai has wrapped up after a huge day of competition. Main Beach was the location of choice today, which provided solid 4-5ft left-handers along with moderate south-easterly winds and beautiful sunny weather.
Gold Coast local and last year’s event winner Kai Tandler (Coolangatta, QLD) tore apart the left-handers on offer, putting together a 7.75 (out of a possible 10.00) combined with a 4.90 for a total heat score of 12.65 (out of a possible 20.00). Tandler defeated Ben Duncan (Stanwell Park, NSW), Harry Phillips (Mossy Point, NSW) and Thomas Thatcher (Willow Vale, QLD) respectively.
“It’s sick to be back at the Hydralyte Sports Pro Junior again,” said Tandler. “It’s always great to have an event like this so close to home, I won this event last year no the Goldy so I’m feeling confident for this one. These events are so important, there’s potential to skip a few years on the QS. I just missed out on qualifying for the World Juniors last year, so I’m hoping this year I can do a bit better and take the series out.”
The women’s round 1 and quarter-finals were also run today. Top names progressing to the semi-finals tomorrow include Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW), Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW), Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW), Raya Campbell (Coolangatta, QLD), Holly Williams (Buddina, QLD), Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD), Pacha Light (Tugun, QLD) and Ellia Smith (Coolum Beach, QLD).
Holly Williams is enjoying the event. “It was pretty fun out there today,” said Williams. “ I do like this event. I’m looking forward to doing the Pro Juniors this year and hopefully a few of the QS’s If I can.”
Raya Campbell was stoked to make it through to the semi-finals. “That heat was a bit slow to start with,” said Campbell. “I just kept my patience and was able to get a good wave towards the end. The wave stood up the whole wave, and I felt good on my board – it all came together. I’m pretty excited for this year, I’m doing a few comps I haven’t really been doing, I’m going to be working a lot on my surfing.”
Sunshine Coast’s Alister Reginato (Alexandra Headland, QLD) was another standout in today’s competition, defeating Zane Assink (Yaroomba, QLD), Kelly Parker (Varsity Lakes, QLD) and Jonah McDonald (Southport, QLD) respectively.
“It was a pretty slow heat, I only surfed three waves,” said Reginato. “It was still fun though – I just had to wait for the good ones to come through.”
Caleb Tancred (Avoca, NSW) scored one of the highest total heat scores of the day with 15.65, defeating Micah Margieson (Cabarita Beach, NSW), Connor Lee (Redhead, NSW) and Archer Curtis (Palm Beach, NSW) respectively.
“It’s pretty tricky and junky out there today, but I just looked for the waves with a big open face,” said Tancred. “I’m looking forward to the World Junior Series this year, hopefully I’ll make it into the World Juniors – which definitely won’t be easy!”
Other notable names progressing in the Men’s division include Tane Bowden (Tweed Heads, NSW), Will Carter (Wurtulla, QLD), Grayson Hinrichs (North Bondi, NSW), Taj Stokes (Buddina, QLD) and Jaggar Bartholomew (Coolangatta, QLD).
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