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Remarkable opening day at Chiko Alley Classic

Jack Freestone © Cory Roberts/Surfing Queensland





CHIKO Alley Classic

Queensland Championship Circuit
Queensland, Australia
26 - 27 April, 2014

Queensland Championship Circuit rolls out heavy Day 1

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 April, 2014 - Day one of the Chiko Alley Classic saw a field of 96 of Queensland’s best competitive surfers take to Currumbin Alley (Queensland, Australia) today, with the famed point break delivering long, clean 2ft waves for the opening of the 2014 Queensland Championship Circuit. 

Coinciding with the opening event is the newly-introduced, ‘Bruce Lynton Land Rover Boost Winner’, brought to you by Surfing Queensland and Bruce Lynton Land Rover. With $1000 up for grabs, courtesy of Bruce Lynton, spectators were witness to an impressive repertoire of aerial manoeuvres performed by Queensland’s elite professional and amateur surfers.

Proving himself to be a force to be reckoned with was former Junior World Champion, Jack Freestone (Coolangatta, QLD), posting the highest single-wave score of the day (9.60 out of a possible 10). With his high score, confidence and sheer flow, Freestone won his round one heat convincingly, pushing himself straight through to round three, bettering his chances as a potential winner for this event.

Eyes were also on former World Tour competitor Jay ‘Bottle’ Thompson’ who also joins Freestone in moving straight through to round three with a first place finish in his round one heat. Thompson used his World Tour competitive tactics to assist his round one progression, which only amplifies the competitive stakes throughout the event. 

“Competing in the Alley Classic this year is my starting point for gathering momentum before I compete in the prime event over in Brazil,” said Thompson. “I guess I had a rough start to the year and with guys like Jack Freestone, Luke Munro and Brent Dorrington, the Chiko Alley classic has good grounds for an intense level of competitive surfing,” he continued.

Surfing Queensland Events Manager Adam Yates said today’s action highlights the success of the Queensland Championship Circuit.

“The QCC is an important part of Surfing Queensland’s development path for the State’s elite competitors who are aspiring to a career as a professional surfer.”

The 2014 Chiko Alley Classic Champion will be crowned tomorrow with a pulse in swell forecasted to heat up the finals.

The QCC Series.
CHIKO Alley Classic: May 11-12 3-Star / $6,000

CHIKO Sunshine Coast Pro: May 25-26 3-Star / $6,000

CHIKO Burleigh Classic: June 15-16 4-Star / $8,000

Cory Roberts

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