|The best of Australianboardriding talent hit the water today at Duranbah for Day 1 of the VolcomKirra Teams Challenge.|
Thirty-four of Australia’s top boardriding clubs are contesting the world’slargest surfing teams event with competition to continue over the next twodays.
In clean 2-4ft (1 metre) swell at Duranbah, the competition got off to anoutstanding start with the clubs\' best junior surfers battling it out.
The day’s honours went to 16-year-old North End junior Luke Hynd who scored theday’s highest ride of 15.67.
His efforts overshadowed the rides of several surfing luminaries includingformer ASP World Tour surfers Luke Munro (Currumbin Alley), Matt Hoy(Merewether) and Dean Morrison (Snapper Rocks).
Other juniors to excel on Day 1 were 12-year-old Ethan Ewing from Point Lookouton North Stradbroke Island and 15-year-old Merewether surfer Jackson Baker.
At the end of Day 1, North Shelly from the Central Coast lead the event withthree victories, ahead of Snapper, Cabarita and North Narrabeen.
Snapper Rocks Surfriders Club are the defending champion and are also chasingtheir 10th Kirra Teams Challenge title.
A quality day of action is expected tomorrow with World Tour surfers KierenPerrow and Chris Davidson surfing along with 2011 World Junior Champion JackFreestone.
The event can be followed live through www.compusurf.com.au,which also includes a full record of scores.
Competition starts at Duranbah at 8am on all three days and will conclude at4pm on Saturday and 2.30pm on Sunday.
The Volcom Kirra Teams Challenge is proudly supported by Volcom, TV4ME, SurfingAustralia, Surfing Queensland, Allstate Partners, Bleach* Surfing The Fringe,IDIS, Connecting Southern Gold Coast, Gold Coast City Council, Hurley SurfingAustralia High Performance Centre, Rainbow Surf Life Saving Club, The PerfectWave Surf Experience, Aluminium Access Systems, CM & SM Fraser Pty Ltd,Compusurf.
The Volcom Kirra Teams Challenge supports Hannah’s Chance Foundation.