Single quarter-finalist at Burleigh Pro
LENNOX Head surfer Stephanie Single was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Burleigh Pro on the Gold Coast yesterday.
She produced her best scores of the competition with a 14.15 (out of a possible 20) but was unable to get past New Zealand surfer Paige Hareb.
The Burleigh Pro is a Qualifying Series event and followed on from the Carve Pro, which Single missed.
Single was the standout of the Far North Coast surfers with Zak Condon, Kyuss King, Mikey McDonagh, Jack Murray and Mikey Wright eliminated in the early rounds.
Single will likely surf for Lennox-Ballina in the national final of the Australian Boardriders Battle next month.
The women's event at Burleigh was won by Sunshine Coast surfer Isabella Nichols, who only just missed out on qualifying for the World Championship Tour this year.
"The end of last year was a bit frustrating but it has really motivated me for this year,” Nichols said.
"I have been training and surfing a lot and am excited to compete in 2017.”
Fresh from winning three events in a row, women's world junior champion Macy Callaghan made another final before going down to Nichols.
Callaghan barely missed a beat in the early rounds and was only beaten by a narrow margin in the final.
"I've been surfing a lot of heats recently so I'm feeling good,” Callaghan said.
"It isn't the sort of Burleigh we would all love to have for this contest but it is still fun.
"I was just enjoying myself out there which always helps in heats I think. If you are having fun things will tend to go your way.”
It will be a short turnaround with a handful of FNC surfers competing in the Tweed Coast Pro at Cabarita Beach this week.
Suffolk Park surfer Soli Bailey will miss the event as he attempts to win the Volcom Pipe Pro in Hawaii.