Gold Coast Surfers Bag An Early Lead In Race For State Titles

June 9, 2008: – - Queensland’s junior surfing stocks look promising with the opening round of the 2008 Quiksilver Queensland Junior Series completed on the Gold Coast today. The state’s top junior surfers unleashed in the stormy one-metre waves of Duranbah Beach as they shredded and barreled their way through the final day of the prestigious tournament. Gold Coast surfers were the big winners securing victory across the four contested divisions.

In a high scoring U/18 boy’s final, Coolangatta sensation James Woods blitzed Tim MacDonald (North Stradbroke), Jack Freestone (Coolangatta) along with younger brother Thomas to net an early lead in the race for a state crown. After demolishing his opponents in the semis, Woods was on the front foot early in the 25-minute final, locking in an 8.9 ride in the opening minute before sealing the win with a near perfect 9.80 late in the exchange.

“I was able to jag a good wave straight after the opening siren and everything kept getting better from that,” said Woods, who is formerly from Cape Town, South Africa.  “I had some pretty good results last year but I wasn’t able to take it that one step further, so it’s good to finally get a win in the U/18 division.”

Woods 16, is a emerging surf star who has taken full advantage of the Quiksilver sponsored qualification series. After taking out the under 16 boy’s state crown in 2006, Woods went on to place a highly credible 9th at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Portugal in ’07.

“It’s great to have the support of Quiksilver on the state level, through to the national level and on to the world stage,” said Woods. “Everyone competing in the Queensland series want to go well so they can surf in the biggest grommet event in the world. It’s my goal to reach that level again.”

The competition was just as fierce in the U/18 girl’s final with Tugun’s Bridey McNeven getting the better of Sunrise Beach surfer Naomi Stevic, Buderim’s Dimity Stoyle and Currumbin’s Amy Hubbard to claim the win.

McNeven notched up an 8.5 and a 7.5 to bag the title, leaving her opponents to duke it out for the minor placings. The final scores were McNeven 16.00 to Stevic’s 13.5 (out of a possible 20.00). Coolangatta ripper Noa Deane dominated the U/16 boy’s final against Sol Pereira Ryan (Coolangatta), Thomas Cervi (Sunshine Beach) and Harry Wheeler (Coolangatta).

The young natural footer, who is the son of Gold Coast surfing legend Wayne Deane, represents the new school of surfers coming out of Queensland and notched up an 8.00 and 6.40 on his way to victory in the final. Deane’s two wave scoring total of 14.40 was enough to secure the win by just over a point.

Meanwhile, Brodie Doyle (Coolangatta) surfed away with victory in the U/16 girl’s division, demonstrating a mature surfing style beyond her years. Series winners will join a who’s who of the Queensland surfing scene that have netted state junior titles including reigning world champion Mick Fanning (Coolangatta), World no.2 Joel Parkinson (Coolangatta), World no.3 Bede Durbidge (Currumbin) and World Tour competitor Dean Morrison (Coolangatta).

Top seeds from events 1 and 2 will be eligible to compete in the final event on the Sunshine Coast on July 19-20. The top 24 rated – U/16 and U/18 year old boy surfers and the top 8 – U/16 and U/18 year old girl surfers will be invited to contest the final event. 2008 QQJS champions will be decided from a surfer’s best three results from the three event series.

Please note: Surfers must meet eligibility requirements as per Surfing Queensland’s ‘Eligibility for selection’ document found on SurfingQueensland.com.au. For all event enquiries please contact the Surfing Queensland office on (07) 5520 1165.

The Quiksilver Queensland Junior Series is proudly supported by Aquasun, Australia’s Surfing Life Magazine and Surfing Queensland.

The ddates and locations for the Quiksilver Queensland Junior Series (QQJS) are:

1) Gold Coast – June 7-9
2) North Stradbroke – July 1-3
3) Sunshine Coast – July 19-20

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