Keely Andrew (AUS)
Keely Andrew (AUS) Laurent Masurel

French delight for consistent Andrew

SURFING: Maroochydore star Keely Andrew continued her phenomenal showing in Europe as Sunshine Coast surfers dominated the Swatch Girls Junior Pro.

Andrew, 19, dominated the event and Moffat Beach's Laura Poncini, 16, reached the semi-final in almost unsurfable conditions at the French beach.

"It's pretty tough in those conditions but you just pray and hope half a wave is going to come your way and you can do turns on it," Andrew (pictured, yellow shirt) said after the event.

The world tour hopeful was forced to dig into her arsenal of skills as the juniors were sent out to battle in one-foot waves that barely broke.

Andrew won each of her heats - usually by considerable margins - before winning the final with a meagre 11.00, .64 ahead of Gold Coast's Holly-Sue Coffey.

Andrew also made the quarter-final of the women's event last night and is on track to join Buderim's Dimity Stoyle on next year's World Championships Tour.

Moffat Beach's Poncini (pictured to Andrew's right) also impressed in the pro junior event, making it through to the semi-finals.

The pair will this week travel to Spain to contest the World Qualifying Series six-star Pantin Classic alongside Buderim's Dimity Stoyle and Coolum's Isabella Nichols.


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