Coast's top young surfers start national titles campaigns
SURFING: Alister Reginato secured a berth in the quarter finals of the under-16 boys division at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles at Phillip Island on Sunday.
A selection of Sunshine Coasters started their campaigns there but it was the Alexandra Headland board rider who impressed most.
He finished second in his round one heat to progress to the quarters.
Peregian Beach's Noah Stocca finished fourth in his under-18 boys round one heat while Twin Waters Siena Hanna and Sunrise Beach's Amber Dods were third in their respective under-18 girls round one heats.
Buddina's Taj Stokes was third in his opening under-16 boys heat.
They will next compete in requalifying rounds in attempts to keep their title hopes alive.
Buddina's Holly Williams, Little Mountain's Cameron MacDougall and Coolum Beach's Elia Smith were yet to hit the water for round one of the under-16 girls, under-14 boys and under-14 girls competitions respectively.
New South Wales' Alyssa Lock was among the stand-outs on the opening day of competition, in the under-18 girls division.
"It was nice to get a big board out and surf solid waves,” she said of the 1.5m surf.
"It was definitely challenging out there though and pretty cold. I am looking forward to the rest of the week and pushing for an Australian title.”