Taj's Small Fries Off & Running At Yallingup WA

19 Jan 2008 0 Share

World #2 Taj Burrow showed the 12 & under boys how its done, on day one of the Taj's Small Fries event in Yallingup

World #2 Taj Burrow showed the 12 & under boys how its done, on day one of the Taj's Small Fries event in Yallingup

YALLINGUP, Western Australia (Friday, Jan. 18, 2008) – Twelve-year-old Soli Bailey (Byron Bay, NSW) outclassed a hot field of surfers up-to four years his senior, during the first round of competition at the Taj Burrow Small Fries, in Yallingup, Western Australia, this morning.

Competing in the premier U16 division, Bailey posted the highest wave scores of the day, including an excellent 8.50 (out of a possible ten) on a clean right-hand set wave, to defeat the Western Australian surfers Jayden O’Neill, Liam Van Den Ham and Dean Underwood.

“Sometimes I feel a little intimidated surfing against the older guys,” admitted Bailey. “I knew the best waves would be the ‘rights’ (right breaking waves) so when I saw one of the other guys paddling left on a bigger set wave, I went right and it walled up perfectly and luckily I was able to get that good score.”

Bailey advanced in first place ahead of O’Neill and was scheduled to surf his U14 heat later in the afternoon.

Mitch Nesbitt, 15, (Perth) did the West Australian surfers proud in his Round 1 clash, driving home with a superb 8.25 followed by a 6.25 off two good looking waves, to defeat Michael Curnow (NSW) and fellow West Australians Travis Richards and Louis Connell.

“The ocean went really flat just before my heat so I was really lucky that those waves came through when they did,” Nesbitt said. “I love it down here! This is my last year in this contest, so I am hoping I can make it my best.”

New South Wales surfers Alex Swadling (Coffs Harbour) and Matt Banting (Port Macquarie) made their presence felt in the early rounds of competition, posting impressive performances to earn the next of the day’s highest heat scores behind Bailey and Nesbitt.

Swadling made his trip from the East to the West coast worthwhile by defeating Western Australians Jake Fawcett, Tom Van Beem and Jake Kearney to advance into the next round.

Banting looked just as impressive, competing in the U16 division for the first time at this event. After winning the U12’s division in 2006 and finishing runner-up in the U14’s in 2007, Banting looks set to maintain his consistency, capturing with his first heat win over Thomas Hendricks (WA), Jake Robinson (WA) and Luke Parish (WA).

Another NSW surfer to make his mark at Yallingup today was Jake Sylvester (Merewether). The 14-year-old paddled out at the well known break for the first time this morning and had no trouble advancing in first place, despite damaging his board on shallow reef exposed by the low tide.

Danny Williams (Geraldton, WA) proved the best of the four WA surfers in his Round 1 heat, defeating Matt Gryta, Jack Vaughan-Curry and Jimmy Trengove.

Also advancing in first place were Lachlan Mazzucchelli (WA), Lewis Lowe (WA), Jack Freestone (QLD), Nathan Kikiros (WA) and Brodie Maclean (WA).

All 11 heats of Round 1 of the U16 division were completed with the top two placed surfers advancing into Round 2.

The U12 surfers headed out at midday and were joined by ASP World No. 2 and Western Australian surfing icon Taj Burrow, in the line-up.

The Taj Burrow Small Fries continues through the weekend and will see new U12, U14 and U16 Champions crowned on Sunday.

Full set of results will be available on www.surfingaustralia.com at the end of the day.

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Kirstin Scholtz
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