Mikey McDonagh from Lennox Head has been given a great opportunity with a berth in the Rip Curl Men’s Trials being held at Bells Beach prior to the Rip Curl Pro.
If he goes on to win his event he will be seeded into the Championship Tour draw.
McDonagh has had a slow start to his year as he transitions from Pro Junior level into the open-age QS events, while still surfing in the Pro Junior events.
The added pressure and extra travelling is part and parcel of life for young surfers seeking to become full-time professionals and McDonagh is one of the youngest in Australia attempting to do so.
I feel he will get toughened up during 2018 up by competing against much older and more experienced competitors and that will give him a great base to get back on the podium in the later half of this year and early next year.
Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson has drawn veteran competitor Jeremy Flores and rookie Yago Dora in his first heat at the Rip Curl Pro, which is the second event for the 2018 WSL season.
Wilkinson is considered a favourite to win the heat but he needs to keep an eye on the young rookie Dora, who could take to the sky and unleash some futuristic manoeuvres.
All Girl Surfriders
The Lennox Head All Girl Surfriders held their March round on the weekend.
‘We were blessed with a warm sunny day and light winds and a great turnout of members,’ media manager Natalie Grono said.
‘The competition was held at Lennox Beach. The inside section was a little messy but the 70cm waves provided good training for the beginners and intermediates.
‘The waves proved a little difficult with the dropping tide but there was fantastic surfing all round and plenty of smiles making for another splendid club round,’ she said.
Jr Beginner, Keke Brain.
Intermediate , Suki Alford.
Snr Beginner, Breanne Brown.
Snr Intermediate, Lisa Shuetrumpf.
Longboards, Maz Pentecost.
Soul Surfers, Renee Adamson.