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Opening rounds fire Day 1 of Queensland Circuit

Pedro Lani © Cory Roberts



Queensland Championship Circuit 

Surfing Queensland
Duranbah, Queensland Australia
28 - 29 March 2015

Queensland Championship Circuit campaigns get well underway

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 March, 2015 - Gold Coast, Queensland - Due to detraining swell conditions, the Alley Classic was forced to make to late change in location with Duranbah beach playing host to the opening day of the 2015 Alley Classic. Competitors were greeted with optimum 2-3ft right handers at off the wall Duranbah offering no limitation to athlete’s ability.

Surfing Queensland spokesman Cory Roberts says “Today saw no shortage of elite surfing from Queensland’s finest in favourable conditions at Duranbah Beach”, said Roberts. There’s no denying that Queensland produces world class surfing athletes and events like the Alley classic enforce an elite level of competition which maintains our high standard of ability and professionalism within Surfing in Queensland”, Roberts continued.

Standout performer and 2014 QCC Burleigh Classic winner Tim MacDonald (Tugan, QLD) showed again why he is again in contention for this year’s Queensland Championship Circuit and that all important Quiksilver Pro Trials Wildcard. In the early stages of his opening round heat, MacDonald scored a 9.0 ride (out of a possible 10) setting himself clear from fellow counterparts Pedro Lani (Palm Beach, QLD), Nathan Horwood (Currumbin, QLD) and Liam O’Brien (Burleigh Heads, QLD) finishing respectively.

In addition to MacDonald’s standout performance, Jock Barnes (Brooklet, NSW) scored a 9.60 (out of a possible 10) performing an array of critical open face carves, making it the highest single wave score of the event so far.

Competition is set to resume tomorrow with those who progressed through opening rounds into a hotly contested round three, closely followed by Quarters, Semi’s than the highly anticipated blue ribbon final.

Based on competitor’s best three-of-three results, the series top two athletes will once again get the chance to compete against the world's best surfers at the 2016 WSL World Championship Tour Quiksilver Pro Trials, held at the infamous Snapper Rocks.

To ensure the QCC‘s top two under 18 athletes are performing at their optimum for the Quiksilver Pro Trials, Surfing Queensland in conjunction with Surfing Australia will provide two-days of training at the world-class Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.

The QCC series:

Alley Classic: March 28-29 3-Star / $1,000

Sunshine Coast Pro: May 9-10 3-Star / $1,000

MP Classic: May 23-24 3-Star / $1,000

Cory Roberts

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