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March 6, 2021

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Ocea Curtis (far right) collects her prize with the other U/12 winners at Port Stephens. Photo Ethan Smith/SNSW

Byron Bay’s Soli Bailey had a 17th-place finish at the star-studded HIC Pro held at Sunset Beach in Hawaii. 

He was up against a very strong 112-man field at the WSL Men’s QS 3,000 event.

Bailey has improved his position on the WSL QS ratings ladder and currently sits in 19th position, which puts him in striking distance to qualify for the 2019 WSL Championship Tour. He will compete at the two remaining QS 10,000 events for 2019 in Hawaii.

Lennox Head’s Stuart Kennedy will also be competing and is rated.

Another Lennox Head surfer Mikey McDonagh had a solid ninth-place finish at the Phillip Island Pro WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 event.

The event  was hit with a large swell and strong winds that forced a location change to the protected corner of Penguin Parade. 

Ocea Curtis (Lennox Head) did very well at the Kaos Surf PRD Cadet Cup, coming third in the u/12 girls’ division.

The Cadet Cup and the Open Women’s Pro-AM events gave amateur women and promising junior stars the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in women’s surfing.

It all unfolded at Birubi Beach in Port Stephens.


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