Quinn's sights on a surf life
Quinn Bruce would rather be at the beach than in the classroom.
The Sunrise Beach 12-year-old spent his summer holidays
competing in junior surfing events at some of Australia’s nicest beaches.
Quinn started surfing only four years ago, but already his trophy cabinet is filling up.
Last weekend he reached a new milestone, making the semi-finals of the Ocean & Earth International Teenage Rampage event at North Cronulla Beach, Sydney.
Teenage Rampage is a showcase for some of the best young surfers from around the world.
Bruce admitted competing in an international event had put the pressure on him.
“All the heats are harder and there are a lot of better surfers,” he said.
“I watch the conditions for an hour beforehand and try not to think too much.
“Making the semi-finals was a really good result.”
Teenage Rampage capped off a great summer for Quinn, who won competitions at Alexandra Headland and Southport.
He still has plenty to look forward to, having qualified for the Under-14 Volcom Championship Series at Manly in March.
Quinn said his success in the surf had made him a hit among his friends.
“They think it’s pretty good,” he said.
“They’re all getting into surfing now.”
Quinn could use the company as he spends as much time as he possibly can surfing his favourite spot, at Tea Tree Bay in Noosa National Park.
“I surf every morning and afternoon until dark,” he said.
“For sure, I want to turn pro one day.”