Subway Surf Series
Gold Coast, Queensland Australia
3 - 4 January 2015
Groms Sheldon Simkus and Jalessa Vincent standouts
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 January, 2015 - Gold Coast, Queensland - Light ENE winds with 2 foot of swell set the stage for event seven of the Subway® Summer Surf Series on the Gold Coast with 100 frothing groms raring to go. If the conditions were not enough to get the surfers excited, Joel Parkinson himself was on the beach and in the water highlighting why he is a world champion surfer.
“Having a national series of this calibre is such an amazing opportunity for our junior surfers as it gives them chance to build competition experience as well as giving them the opportunity to surf multiple times in great locations for this national series,” said Parkinson.
Hitting the water first was the Under 18 Boys who set a lofty standard for the remainder of the event. Local knowledge helped Sheldon Simkus (Snapper Rocks, QLD) find one of the best waves of the day late in his heat landing himself a 9 point ride (out of possible 10 points). Alongside Simkus in tomorrow’s quarter final is Sebastian Raubenheimer (Peregian Beach, QLD) who demonstrated his powerful surfing ability on the predominate right hand break off the wall at Duranbah.
The Under 18 Girls continued the theme of outstanding surfing in their semi-finals with stellar performances by Jalessa Vincent (Coolum Beach, QLD) and Phoebe King (Mudjimba, QLD) placing them straight into tomorrow’s final. Joel and a swarm of eager surfers made beachgoers stop in their tracks as huge turns and even bigger airs where a common occurrence in the Subway Expression Session.
The inaugural Subway® Summer Surf Series comprises of 13 events Australia wide and has been designed to unearth the best male and female junior surfers in quality waves throughout Australia.
Gold Coast is stop seven of the Series and is expected to attract as many as 100 surfers vying for the top honours. This unique series will give entrants in the under 16, under 18 and under 21 age divisions the competitive experience needed to further develop their surfing careers as well as test their skills in quality waves, all while taking place in a healthy and fun environment.
As an added bonus to the Series, the winners of the under 18 division at each event will be invited to respective boys' and girls' three-day "Subway® Summer Surf Camps" at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre. As an added feature to the Subway® camps the winning participants will have the opportunity to rub shoulders and pick the brains of World Tour athletes and Series ambassadors Joel Parkinson and Laura Enever at each respective boys' or girls' camp.