Boys line up to tackle Cabarita
FAR North Coast surfers will get a rare chance to compete in a big event close to home when the Tweed Coast Pro starts at Cabarita Beach today.
It is the second consecutive year the Tweed Coast event has been held and sanctioned by the World Surf League coming under the Qualifying Series banner.
Lennox Head surfers Zak Condon, Luke Condon, Mikey McDonagh, Jack Murray, Zac Wightman have all been surfing in QS events and will compete again at Cabarita.
Byron Bay's Kyuss King and Evans Head surfer Callum Robson have entered and will be in the same first round heat.
FNC will also be represented by Zack McMahon (pictured at right) while Stephanie Single will fly the flag in the women's competition. Single is in form after reaching the quarter-finals of the Burleigh Pro at the weekend.
She can expect some tough opposition from Burleigh Pro winner Isabella Nichols who only just missed out on qualifying for the World Championship Tour this year.
Women's world junior champion Macy Callaghan has also already won three events this year and was runner-up at Burleigh.
The five-day competition is the second of four stops on the New South Wales Pro Surf Series.
More than 200 of Australia and the world's most promising male and female surfers will compete in the event, which will see more than 20 different countries represented across both divisions.
To cater for the increased demand for a high calibre competition in the area, the event has been extended by another day, with the men running a round of 172 and the women running a round of 72.
WSL Australia/Oceania regional manager Will Hayden-Smith is thrilled to have the event at Cabarita again.
"WSL is really looking forward to getting back to the Tweed Coast,” Hayden- Smith said.
"Last year's event had great waves and a solid field.
"We are stoked to be able to provide an event that gives an opportunity for QS points for the up-and-comers and give the experienced campaigners a chance to warm up for their 2017 season.”
Meanwhile, Suffolk Park surfer Soli Bailey is currently in Hawaii for the Volcom Pipe Pro.