Roisin Carolan set to take on the surfing elite
SHE may be short on senior surfing experience, but Roisin Carolan has a big heart for the challenge.
The 17-year-old will put down her school books and take on elite global rivals at the Australian Longboard Surfing Open, which gets under way tomorrow.
Some of the world's top female longboarders are taking part in the Kingscliff event, including Australia's number one female Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) contender Georgia Young.
Although it is one of her first events since graduating to the ASP Pro tour ranks, Binna Burra competitor Carolan is not shirking from the action.
"I am nervous, but I am pretty excited," she said.
"I like it when there are bigger waves, so I can surf that rather than smaller stuff. I wouldn't mind those conditions.
"Whatever happens, I am ready for it. "It should be a great event and I am looking forward to it."
St John's College Woodlawn student Carolan is making the step up to the senior ranks after a successful junior career in the sport.
After starting surfing as a nine-year-old in Manly, she developed her talents on the Sydney's Northern Beaches before moving to Byron Bay with her family three years later.
She has enjoyed a string of notable achievements as a fledgling surfer, including taking first place at the Noosa Junior Women's event in 2010 and achieving junior state title success last year.
The Kingscliff event marks another step in her surfing development.
Gun female longboard surfers are taking part in the five-day event, which offers valuable points for the 2013 ASP Longboard Qualifying Series.
Carolan goes into the event boosted by a good performance at the recent Ocean Divine Women's Pro event at Noosa Heads. She is also taking a philosophical approach to the contest, with enjoyment her number one priority.
Meanwhile, Lennox Head's Tyler Wright was hoping to restart her campaign at the latest ASP Women's World Championship Tour competition today.
Wright, who is currently ranked number one on the ASP women's rankings, is among competitors at the 2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia. Organisers were hoping to restart action after a rest day was called yesterday because of conditions.
Lennox Head's Adam Melling is competing in the men's event.