Arnette Queensland Junior Titles

30 Jun 2009 0 Share

Jack Freestone in action on day 1 of the second round of the Arnette Queensland Junior Surfing Titles

Jack Freestone in action on day 1 of the second round of the Arnette Queensland Junior Surfing Titles

Paul McGregor on fire at Nth Stradbroke Island

Paul McGregor on fire at Nth Stradbroke Island

The Notorious Prize - Arnette Queensland Surfing Titles

The Notorious Prize - Arnette Queensland Surfing Titles

The view of the Arnette Queensland Junior Titles at North Stradbroke Island

The view of the Arnette Queensland Junior Titles at North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island (Monday 29th June, 2009): It's an action packed first week of school holidays for Queensland's finest surfers, with round two of the Arnette Queensland Junior Surfing Titles landing on the idyllic North Stradbroke Island.

The three-day tournament will run from Tuesday through Thursday with only the finest surfers aged 17 and under expected to remain in the contention for prestigious state titles come the third and final leg on July 25th.

Drenched in history, the series not only selects the state's best, but has historically acted as a litmus test for compatibility with elite competition on the world state. Previous winners include Mick Fanning (Coolangatta), Joel Parkinson (Coolangatta), Bede Burbidge (Currumbin), and Dean Morrison (Coolangatta).

Surfers aspiring to reach such heights include winners of round one; Jack Freestone (Coolangatta) and Naomi Stevic (Sunrise Beach) in the blue ribbon under 18's division. In the under 16's the action will be just as hot with defending champions Noa Deane (Coolangatta) and Eden Putland (Currumbin) aiming to capitalise on the forecast increase in swell throughout the week.

Event managers at Surfing Queensland are confident that the series brings out the best in the juniors and ultimately selects the strongest Queensland team to compete at the Arnette Australian Junior Titles in late November. "We make a point to select the team over three events staged at three different locations" states Scott Gillies, Surfing Queensland Event Manager. "It looks like North Stradbroke Island will turn on some real high performance waves with an increasing southerly swell leading into the finals" he continued.

Hoping to get amongst North Stradbroke's high performance waves is Noa Deane (Coolangatta) who currently boasts the ratings lead in the under 16's division. Deane will need to defend his lead against surfers such as Eli Steele (Shelly Beach), Hayden Welch (Currumbin), and Harry Bryant (Sunshine Beach) who are in second through to fourth place respectively. Deane will be hoping to continue his hot run of competition results and earn a Queensland title for the mantelpiece, a feat which has been achieved many times by his father and Surfing Queensland life member Wayne Deane.

Top seeds from events 1 and 2 will be eligible to compete in the final event on the Sunshine Coast on August 8-9. The top 24 rated - U/16 and U/18 year old boy surfers and the top 8 - U/16 and U/18 year old girl surfers will be invited to contest the final event. 2009 champions will be decided from a surfer’s best three results from the three event series.

Please note: Surfers must meet eligibility requirements as per Surfing Queensland’s ‘Eligibility for selection’ document found on www.surfingqueensland.com in the documents link. The Arnette Queensland Junior Surfing Titles are proudly supported by WAECO, Australia’s Surfing Life (ASL) Magazine and Surfing Queensland.

The dates and locations for the three-event titles are:

1) Gold Coast June 6-8

2) North Stradbroke Island June 30 -July 2

3) Sunshine Coast August 8-9

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