BEACH, SYDNEY (Saturday, 24 August 2018): The final event on the 2018
World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), the Hydralyte
Sports Surf Series presented by Billabong got off to a flying start in
punchy one-foot surf today, as competitors strived to earn valuable rankings
point and earn a spot into the final day of competition.
leading the Girls WSL JQS rankings, Zahli Kelly (Cabarita, NSW)
managed to go one step closer to claiming the 2018 Australasian title,
taking out her opening exchange. Kelly used her backhand repertoire to
positive effect in the round one heat, nailing a near-perfect 9.00 wave
score to leave her fellow competitors requiring two-wave combinations
to take away her lead.
The waves were pretty slow, so I knew you had to make the most of
the ones you caught, said Kelly. The lefthanders definitely
had more scoring potential with the incoming tide so I opted to stick
to them. I really want to make sure I can finish the series with another
good result and carry that momentum onto the Qualifying Series.
After taking out the recent Skullcandy Oz Grom Open pres. by Vissla, Nyxie
Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW) showed she was keen to mirror the result for the
second time, nailing her round one heat. Ryan kicked off her campaign
with a bang, posting a respectable 13.20 two-wave heat total (out of a
possible 20 points) to gain the upper hand against her opposition.
I was so stoked to take out the last Pro Junior event at home, and
I really want to back it up with another good result, said Ryan.
This is my first year where Ive begun to do a few Pro Junior
events and Ive been learning a lot along the way. Hopefully, I can
keep the ball rolling in round two tomorrow.
Northern Beaches sisters Bodhi and Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW) came
head-to-head in their round one Girls heat with both sisters eager to
seal themselves a spot into round two. Bodhi, managed to gain the edge
in the heat, nailing an excellent 16.00 two-wave heat total to leave her
younger sister in the runner-up spot.
had a few heats together over the years and its always a bit daunting
because I know if she beats me, then I will cop flack off everyone,
said Bodhi. Surfing a heat with my sister definitely pushes me a
Callum Robson (Evans Head, NSW) looks set to hold down the top spot on
the JQS rankings for another day, moving through the first day of competition.
Robson nailed two excellent scoring waves in the eight-point range to
put his fellow competitors on the ropes and make his intentions clear
that he was chasing the overall title.
The waves a pretty slow out there, so its a huge relief to
get round one out of the way, said Robson. My whole goal has
always to be to just qualify for the World Juniors, not so much the overall
title, so Im just trying to take the whole thing heat-by-heat and
not get too worried about anything else.
After only beginning to do the JQS last year and claiming a runner-up
finish on the Central Coast, Alister Reginato (Sunshine Coast, Qld) showed
he had a solid place in the junior ranks, nailing the punchy conditions
with flair and style. Reginato executed an eclectic mix of backhand maneuvers
in the heat to post a decent 15.80 two-wave heat total in the exciting
That heat was always going to be a tough one, but Im stoked
to have taken it out, said Reginato. I only started doing
the JQS last year and I, fortunately, got a second place finish in the
junior event at Avoca, so Id love to go that one step further and
win one. The waves are definitely tricky, but still fun if you found the
The Cronulla stop at the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Billabong
will determine the qualifiers for the upcoming World Junior Championship
and crown the champions of the 2018 series.
The two-day event will see 72 men and 26 compete.
The daily schedule will be confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am each
day. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
The World Surf League (WSL) sanctioned Pro Junior events, which includes
18 and under boys and girls divisions, form part of the 2018
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 2019.
Proudly supported by WSL, Billabong and Surfing Australia, the Hydralyte
Sports Surf Series presented by Billabong will provide an important event
platform at a crucial point in the development of Australias leading
It represents an important link in the Pathway to the Podium
developed by Surfing Australia, with surfers now able to progress from
the Weet-Bix SurfGroms program, onto the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps
presented by Wahu, into the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by
Billabong, followed by the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle series.
Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Billabong Event Dates and Locations:
Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Billabong - EVENT 1 - Bells
Beach, VIC - Jan 13 - 14, 2018
Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Billabong - EVENT 2 - Gold Coast,
QLD - April 28-29, 2018
Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Billabong - EVENT 3 - Cronulla,
NSW - August 4 - 5, 2018