Bailey dumped in Bells semi-finals
BYRON Bay surfer Soli Bailey was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles at Bells Beach in Victoria yesterday.
In a high-scoring encounter, Bailey scored a 16.73 (out of a possible 20) but couldn't get past Central Coast surfer Russel Malony who edged him out with a 16.90.
Bailey was a solid performer at the two-day event and will take plenty of positives out of it.
He scored a 12.43 in the quarter-final to dispose of Joe Haddon (11.77) and Jordie Campbell (8.67).
It was Bailey's impressive array of power moves that helped get him through the early rounds.
He won two heats yesterday on his way to the quarter-finals.
It has been a big year for the 17-year-old on the Association of Surfing Professionals junior world tour.
He came third in the French Polynesia Rangiroa Pro Junior event in Tuamotu in April.
There will be a $10, 000 pro junior event at Coffs Harbour in July.
Events are also scheduled for Spain, Japan, France, Brazil, Hawaii and the United States.
There will be $20, 000 prize money up for grabs at the Coastal Edge Vans Pro Junior event in August.
The tour finishes with the Fins Pro Junior event at New Jersey, United States, in September.