Subway Surf Series Pro Junior
WSL Pro Junior
Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia
23 - 25 January, 2017
Tricky 1-2 foot surf laps the bars at North Cronulla
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 January, 2017 - Yesterday’s pumping conditions were a distant memory when event two on the Subway® Surf Series reconvened in tricky one-to-two foot surf today at North Cronulla.
Reef Heazlewood (Sunshine Coast, Qld) continued to take scalps, moving into tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Heazlewood performed an eclectic mix of powerful turns to take a comfortable heat victory ahead of fellow goofy-footer Kyen Stuart who claimed second position.
“My whole tactic originally was to just catch the best waves I possibly could, but because it was quite slow, I had to get busy to put some scores on the board,” said Heazlewood. “That heat was definitely the prime example of how priority can work for-or-against you as you tend to stay busy when you don’t have it, but when you hold first priority, you tend to sit and be a bit pickier.”
Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head, NSW) managed to just hang onto a quarterfinal berth, following an intense to-and-fro battle in the third round of competition. McDonagh appeared to be in the box seat to take the heat convincingly, but had an uncharacteristic fall on one of the waves on the day and had to rely on smaller waves to notch up scores to take the runner-up position.
“That was a nail-biter that heat,” said McDonagh. “I had to change my boards around to suit the conditions and rode an epoxy, which felt a bit more sparky. Whichever way that heat went, I think I would have been happy following the result I got at Bells but it’s definitely nice to back it up it up here.”
Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW) set herself up for a semi-final battle with World Junior Champion Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) tomorrow following a quarterfinal victory over Northern Beaches native Tru Starling. In the low scoring affair, Lock managed to sneak in a mix of frontside and backside snaps to take the victory.
“It’s quite nerve-racking getting set to take on a World Champion, but I want to give it a good go,” said Lock. “Hopefully the swell increases tomorrow for our heat and we can make a bit of a show out of it.”
Wanting to surpass her previous best result of a quarterfinal finish in a Pro Junior, Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Whale Beach, NSW) went one step further today when she took down Kiara Meredith (Barrack Heights, NSW) to cement a spot into the semi-finals where she’ll face off with Sophia Fulton (Mollymook, NSW).
“I’m so stoked to make it this far in my second Pro Junior ever,” said Leigh-Jones. “I really wanted to just make it past the quarters, so I feel like I’ve achieved that goal. Everyone in the event at this point is an amazing surfer, so I just really want to go out there and do my absolute best.”
The Subway® Surf Series will commence each day at 7:30 am with the call for the day's schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45 am. The event hotline number is 0458 247 212 which will leave a voice recorded message each morning of the event.
The WSL sanctioned Subway® Pro Junior events, which includes 18 and under boys and girls divisions, form part of the 2017 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 2018.
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 3 - Avoca, NSW - Mar 4 - 6, 2017 (3 DAY)
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 4 - Trigg, WA - Mar 18 - 19, 2017
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 5 - Kiama, NSW - Apr 8 - 9, 2017
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 6 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - Apr 22 - 23, 2017
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 7 - Gold Coast, QLD - May 6 - 7, 2017