More Northern Rivers surfers winning comps at Nicaragua
UPDATE 2.10pm: FAR North Coast surfers are continuing to shine against global surfing opposition.
Kirsten Ogden and Stephanie Single both won round one heats for their TravelSIM Team Australia side at the Dakine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Nicaragua.
The pair secured victories for the country's under-18 girls side at the event, which is featuring top young surfers from across the globe.
Suffolk Park's Kirsten and Lennox Head representative Stephanie will now compete in the second round of the event's main draw.
The pair recorded scores of 12.67 and 14.17 respectively to advance.
Meanwhile, another Suffolk Park representative, Soli Bailey, is through to round three of the under-18 boys.
Soli recorded a score of 12.10 in his heat to progress.
The competition at the resort of Playa Jiquiliste in Tola, on the Central American nation's south-west coast, was due to continue today.
7.39am: SOLI Bailey has helped his country make a strong start against global surfing opposition.
The Byron Bay competitor won his round one qualifying heat at this year's Dakine ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua.
Bailey, 18, took his heat in a swell of about 1.5m at the contest, which is taking place at Playa Jiquiliste on the west coast of the Central American country. More than 300 of the world's best under-18 surfers are in action at the event.
Bailey's efforts helped the TravelSIM Team Australia make a decent opening to the contest. FNC has a solid contingent at the tournament with fellow Byron surfer Kirsten Ogden in the country's under-18 girls side.
Lennox Head's Stephanie Single is in the same squad. The event was due to continue today. Australia was hoping to improve on last year's second place finish.