RIPPING: Soli Bailey of Suffolk Park, and his fins-out forehand gouge.
RIPPING: Soli Bailey of Suffolk Park, and his fins-out forehand gouge. Patrick Gorbunovs

The bowl tells for Steph and Soli at beautiful Bells

FAR North Coast surfers Soli Bailey and Stephanie Single have been standouts in the Piping Hot Surf Festival at Bells Beach, Victoria.

Single advanced through to the open women's final after an impressive display yesterday.

A late surge saw her register an 11.00 (out of a possible 20) in a semi-final win over Sunshine Coast's Laura Poncini; who could only manager a 6.75.

It was a great result for Single, who was earlier eliminated in the second round of the pro junior women section.

Suffolk Park's Bailey won his fourth round heat in the open men's in convincing fashion.

He registered a 15.00 to finish first in a four-man heat to advance through to the quarter-finals.

Bailey has also reached the quarter-finals of the pro junior men's division.

He will take on red-hot local Cody Robinson when competition resumes.

Lennox Head's Cali McDonagh and Jake Snellgrove were eliminated earlier in the competition.

The event is being held for the first time and includes some of the best young surfers from across Australia.

It is scheduled to finish today.



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