Soli soldiers through

BYRON BAY surfer Soli Bailey has made the quarter-finals of the Rangi Pro Junior event in French Polynesia. Bailey was runner-up at the event last year and has been the form surfer of the competition so far, despite carrying an injury.

"I got a big scratch on my stomach after belly flopping onto dry reef, it's pretty shallow out there," Bailey (pictured) said. "It's okay, but it hurts every time I paddle.

"I'm pretty stoked to be through to the quarter-finals; the waves have been good and should be even better tomorrow.

"I made the final of this event last year which was really special for me.

"It was my first ASP Pro Junior Series final and I hope I can go one better this year."

In the Junior ASP three-star event 48 junior surfers started but only six remain.

Bailey scored a 13.75 (out of a possible 20) to win his third heat at the competition.

But his best score came in the second round when he registered a 19.25 with the next closest surfer Ryan Hunt who scored 8.60.

Bailey will come up against countryman Kurtis Herman today.



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