Trio into pointy end of national junior surfing titles
SURFING: Talented Sunshine Coast teenagers forged their way into the latter rounds of the Australian Junior Surfing Titles at Phillip Island on Tuesday.
Alister Reginato surged into the final of the under-16 boys division amid 1/2 to 1m surf at Woolamai Beach, where he'll take on fellow Queenslander Jaggar Bartholomew, Victoria's Xavier Huztable and New South Welshman Mikey McDonagh. The latter top-scored in the semi-finals.
All four have earned berths in the national team by qualifying for the final.
Fellow Sunshine Coasters Amber Dods and Siena Hanna are into the semi-finals of the under-18 girls division after getting through their respective quarter finals.
But Noah Stocca bowed out of the under-18 boys section in the quarter finals and Taj Stokes exited the under-16 boys section in the quarters.
Holly Williams bowed out of the under-16 girls division, also in the quarter finals.
Six states are represented at the titles across under-14, 16 and 18 age groups in both boys and girls divisions.
The event is considered the benchmark of junior surfing in the country and some former winners include Stephanie Gilmore, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson.
The week's action also includes the Australian School Surfing Association Titles.
There are a selection of Sunshine Coast surfers also competing in the latter.