OUT BUT NOT DOWN: Byron Bay surfer Kyuss King competing in the Tweed Coast Pro at Cabarita. Although knocked out of the competition, Kyuss was just happy to make it through a few heats of his first QS event.
OUT BUT NOT DOWN: Byron Bay surfer Kyuss King competing in the Tweed Coast Pro at Cabarita. Although knocked out of the competition, Kyuss was just happy to make it through a few heats of his first QS event. Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Surfing: Byron youth ‘pumped’ by his first QS experience

BYRON BAY surfer Kyuss King was eliminated in the third round of the Tweed Coast Pro at Cabarita.

The 15-year-old was one of the youngest in the field of 144 and was competing in his first World Qualifying Series (QS) event.

"This is my first QS, so I'm pumped to make a few heats," King said.

"I surf here a bit, so I knew what to look for out there.

"The conditions are tough, but there are still some really fun ones out there."

Lennox Head surfers Zak Condon, Mikey McDoangh, Jack Murray, Zac Wightman and James Wood have also been eliminated from the competition.

Murray fared the best by advancing to the third round while Wightman and Wood were surprise eliminations in the first round.

Byron Bay surfer Garrett Parkes automatically qualified for the fourth round and will compete today.

McDoangh is only 14 and made the quarter-finals of the Burleigh Pro at the weekend.

His older sister Cali McDoangh surfed in the women's division at the Tweed Coast Pro.

Lennox Head's Stephanie Single is the only local hopeful remaining.

She finished second in her heat yesterday behind Codie Klein with a score of 9.50 (out of a possible 20).

Elsewhere, Isabella Nichols showed why she was reigning World Junior Champion, notching up an impressive 16.00 heat total.

The Sunshine Coast natural-footer started strong, posted a 7.75 scoring wave in the opening moments of the second round exchange, but remained quiet until the final minutes whem she was able to post an 8.25 for a variety of giant forehand turns.

"Priority really came into play in that heat," Nichols said.

"I wanted to catch as many waves as I could, but I feel that sometimes the priority system works against me.

"I held it for the majority of the heat and I got really picky.

"Fortunately, I was able to get that final wave.

"Hopefully I can keep the ball rolling throughout the rest of 2016."

The Cabarita event is the second on the new NSW Pro Surf Series.

The series was developed for Australian and international surfers to gain ranking points and prize money in the QS rounds.

Finals will be held tomorrow.



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