Mikey makes the quarter-finals
LENNOX Head surfer Mikey McDonagh reached the quarter-finals in the latest round of the Subway Surf Series on the Gold Coast at the weekend.
McDonagh, 15, has been a consistent performer throughout the series and won the first event of the season at Bells Beach in Victoria.
He spent a fair chunk of the summer travelling around for World Qualifying Series competition and has been one of the most promising surfers from the Far North Coast for a few years now.
Newcastle surfer Morgan Cibilic proved hard to beat in the final after posting a heat topping single wave score of 8 (out of a possible 10) early on to take out runner-up Noah Stocca.
"This is my first Pro Junior final. I had a really poor start to the year results wise so I'm stoked to take this one out.” Cibilic said.
"At the start of the year I couldn't even get through my first round heats and was doubting myself.
"To come back from that is amazing. Next year I'm aiming for the QS, these last two results have boosted my confidence so much.”
Although he was uncharacteristically eliminated in the second round, Reef Heazlewood safely locked himself in at the top of the Australia/Oceania JQS rankings.
Heazlewood's solid season included three event wins and sees him as the regional Junior Qualifying Series Champion for 2017.
"It was my main goal this year and it feels great to achieve that,” Heazlewood said.
"It was a bummer to get knocked in the second round here but overall I'm happy with my performance this year.”