UP-AND-COMER: Alister Reginato is among a talented crop of Sunshine Coast teenagers.
UP-AND-COMER: Alister Reginato is among a talented crop of Sunshine Coast teenagers. Contributed

Coast's new board riding brigade bound for national titles

SURFING: The Sunshine Coast's top young board riders will press their claims at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles at Phillip Island from Saturday.

A marquee event on the national surfing schedule, the championship has a history of producing some of the sport's rising stars.

Sunshine Coast's Sophie McCulloch won the girls under-18 division at last year's edition.

She won't be back to defend her title, given she is now an open competitor but the region will still be well represented.

"The Sunshine Coast juniors have been taking that leading banner off the Gold Coast crew within Queensland and we're well and truly confident with their ability going down to Phillip Island,” Surfing Queensland spokesman Dev Lahey said.

Noah Stocca will compete in the under-18 boys division while Siena Hanna and Amber Dods will compete in the under-18 girls competition.

Alister Reginato and Taj Stokes will be in the under-16 boys section and Holly Williams will be in the under-16 girls division.

Cameron MacDougall is set to feature in the under-14 boys competition and Elia Smith will be in the under-14 girls section.

Daniel Finch, Emily Lethbridge, Anna Tooohey, Kara Petersen, Tom Prout and Will Carter will join some of them in the school division.


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