QLD surfers progress at titles

MOOLOOLABA'S Keely Andrews continued the Sunshine Coast surfers' great run at the Australian Surfing Junior Titles in Coffs Harbour yesterday, when school surfing divisions again took centre stage.

Andrews, of Matthew Flinders Anglican College, has been paired with Gold Coast surfer Brodie Doyle.

Together they comfortably won their opening two heats of the national schools All-Star under-19 division at Macauley's Beach, where small-wave surfing was the order of the day.

"It's been a great start, however, conditions are difficult as it's quite small," Andrews (pictured) said.

"Hopefully, it's bigger for the finals in a few days' time - we'll see."

School surfing divisions made up most of yesterday's action, but requalifying rounds of girls' and boys' divisions were also run.

In the under-16 boys' division, the Sunshine Coast's Nick Callister bounced back from a round-one defeat to easily win his requalifying heat before finishing second in requalifying round two to advance to the second-round proper.

Noosa Heads youngster Quinn Bruce also won his requalifying round-one heat and then won in requalifying round two to move into a round-two heat against defending champion and Sunshine Coast surfer Kai Hing.

Other Sunshine Coast surfers ready to tackle round two include Caloundra's Eli Steele, Noosa Heads' Hayden Cervi and Coolum Beach's Kelly Norris - all under-18 boys - and Bridget McCulloch and Sophie Callister in the under-18 girls.

Coolum Beach's Isabella Nicholls is already through to the semi-finals of the under-16 girls' division.



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