Subway Summer Surf Series
Peregian Beach, Australia
25- 26 October, 2014
Noah Cooney & Lucy Callister take the win for under 18 divisions
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 October, 2014 - As well as the heated weather conditions, so too was competition amongst both 16’s and 18’s divisions for the finals day at the Subway Summer Surf Series held at Peregian Beach.
In a stellar performance, it was Noah Cooney (Bangalow, NSW) who triumphed in victory in the under 18 boys division defeating an in form Jared Hickel (Cronulla, NSW), Kota Iida (Currumbin, QLD) and Harry Clements (Wamberal, NSW) respectively. Jared Hickel was unsuccessful in claiming a trifecta win for the series but still concluded his campaign finishing second. Noah will join Jared at the all expenses paid “Subway Summer Surf Series Camp” at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.
“With the strong northerly, conditions were tough but I managed to score my best two waves early in the heat which really eased the pressure”, said Cooney. “I knew Jared was going for his third straight win in this series and that he would be a hard competitor to beat. He only needed a seven point ride to take first place which is so easy for him, especially after seeing the way he was surfing through the competition. We all surfed the same conditions, I guess I got the better of the exchange”, Cooney continued.
Maintaining her progressive momentum from yesterdays performance, Lucy Callister (Palm Beach, QLD) wrote her path to victory in the under 18 girls final defeating Sophie McCulloch (Alexandra Headland, QLD), Jaleesa Vincent (Coolum Beach, QLD) and Ren Hashimoto (Tugan, QLD) respectively. Lucy managed to seal victory with a heat total of 12.03 (out of a possible 20).
“Coming from my win at the Queensland Junior Titles and now winning the Subway Summer Surf Series here on the Sunshine Coast has been a huge confidence boost leading into bigger events like the Billabong Parko Grom Stomp”, said Lucy. I’ll also be competing in the Gold Coast and Phillip Island Subway Summer Surf Series in January so hopefully I can emulate what I did today”, Lucy continued.
Continuing from yesterdays Subway Expression Session, both 16’s and 18’s boys and girls took to the waves again for a second round expression session. In a jam packed 20 surfer heat, it was Burleigh’s Toby Mossop (Burleigh Heads, QLD) who won the finals day Subway Expression Session. Toby takes home not only a Billabong prize pack but also well earned bragging rights from his win.
Sacrificing his position in the expression session, Dextar Muskens (Kirra, QLD) instead focussed on his forthcoming final which paid dividends, finishing with a clear win over Luke Condon (Lennox Head, NSW), Noah Kearney (Shelly Beach, QLD) and Luke Glover (Caloundra, QLD) in the under 16’s boys final.
Also taking home a first place trophy was Kiani Dobbyn in the under 16 girls final. Kiani secured a late 7.67 single wave score (out of a possible 10) relegating her into first position in the business end of the final. Dobbyn defeated Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, QLD), Sasha Baker (Mudjimba, QLD) and Amber Dods (Sunrise Beach, QLD) respectively.
As added value to the series, winners of the Under 18 divisions will receive an all-important invitation to respective girls and boys, all expenses paid three-day "Subway Summer Surf Camps" at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre. Winning participants will have the opportunity to rub shoulders and pick the brains of World Tour athletes and Subway ambassadors Joel Parkinson and Laura Enever at each respective Subway boys' or girls' camp.
Following the third stop of the series on the Sunshine Coast, the surf series will make its way around the country before returning back to Queensland for event seven on the Gold Coast. Each event is expected to attract as many as 100 surfers vying for the top honour.
The new series was created to fill a competition void, which exists at a crucial point in the development of Australia’s leading junior surfers. It represents an important link in the ‘pathway to the podium’ developed by Surfing Australia, with surfers now able to progress from the VEGEMITE SurfGroms program, onto the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps, into the Subway® Summer Surf Series, followed by the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle.