Lennox, Byron surfers having swell time at Tweed Coast Pro
THERE was mixed results for Far North Coast surfers on the first day of the Tweed Coast Pro at Cabarita Beach.
Lennox Head surfer Jack Murray and Byron Bay’s Kyuss King fared the best in the new NSW Surf Surf Series event by advancing to the third round.
They both came second in their heats to avoid elimination in the second round.
Murray was in a second round heat with Zac Wightman who finished third while Zak Condon came fourth in his heat.
About 200 surfers are competing including local hopeful Chris Wilson.
He secured a wildcard entry through the Cabarita Boardriders Club.
“It’s awesome to see an event like this on my doorstep,” Wilson said.
“I know a lot of the local guys from around the area have been looking forward to it and the opportunity to compete against some of Australia’s best.”
Lennox Head’s Stephanie Single is coming off a semi-final appearance at the Burleigh Pro and will compete in the second round of the women’s competition.
Gold Coast surfer Ellie-Jean Coffey is among the favourites after her runner-up finish at Burleigh Heads.
“I’m feeling good leading into this event,” Coffey said.
“I’ve been training quite a bit lately which helps with confidence and fitness.
“I have surfed in a number of contests at Cabarita and have always done well so hopefully I continue my form here.
“I’ll be doing all of the Qualifying Series events, it’s so good there is more this year.
“The more contests you do you get into a good routine and a good mental space.
“It’s really awesome for all the up-and-coming surfers to gain this experience in competitions.”
Meanwhile, Byron Bay’s Garrett Parkes, who is a regular on the Qualifying Series, automatically advanced to the fourth round.
The NSW Pro Surf Series was developed for Australian and international surfers to gain ranking points and prize money on the Qualifying Series.
This is the second of four NSW Surf Series events after the Carve Pro at Maroubra in Sydney.