ON SONG: Mikey McDonagh starred at Burleigh Heads with a quarter-final finish in the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series.
ON SONG: Mikey McDonagh starred at Burleigh Heads with a quarter-final finish in the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series. Contributed

Bells Beach win boosts young Mikey's confidence

LENNOX Head surfer Mikey McDonagh is aiming for back-to-back wins in the Subway Surf Series at Cronulla in Sydney.

The three-day event starts today with Mikey having already won the first event of the season at Bells Beach in Victoria last week.

The series is sanctioned by the World Surf League and is part of the Junior Qualifying Series.

"Taking out the event at Bells has really pumped me up,” McDonagh said.

"Hopefully I can carry some of that confidence into Cronulla and put myself in a decent position on the Junior Qualifying Series rankings.”

Meanwhile, a handful of Far North Coast surfers competed in the Carve Pro event on the Qualifying Series at Maroubra in Sydney.

Former Lennox Head surfer Mikey Wright fared best, making it as far as the quarter-finals.

American surfer Cam Richards went on to win the final while Macy Callaghan won the open women's final.

Callaghan continued her unstoppable run in the final as the young Central Coaster opted for the left-handers to show off her aggressive backhand attack.

Her excellent heat total of 17.00 (out of a possible 20) was the highest of the event.

Her first excellent single wave score came from just one manouevre, a vertical re-entry that some of the judging panel described as the best of the event.

"This is such an amazing feeling,” Callaghan said.

"It was a really fun heat. After I got that first 8.25 I just relaxed and got in a good rhythm.

"I knew Kobie (Enright) was capable of getting perfect scores so I couldn't really relax. We are best friends so we were just out there having fun.”



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