Byron Bay’s Soli Bailey had a solid result at the WSL MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal held at Supertubos with an equal ninth place finish.
Bailey has been on the wrong side of many close heats this year but that turned around for him at this event when he beat one of the favourites, Julian Wilson, in the round of 32 with an excellent 8.17 ride featuring two big backhand hits.
Bailey was later eliminated in a close heat by fellow Aussie Jack Freestone in the round of 16.
Wright from Byron Bay was beaten in the round of 32 by Jesse Mendes.
Byron Bay’s Lahani Zoric has added two more winner’s trophies to her collection with a successful campaign at the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series held at Coffs Harbour.
Doric won the U/8 mixed division but was also victorious in the U/10 girls division in a close contest.
Fellow Byron Bay Boardriders club member Henley Smith finished third in the same division.
Harry O’Brien from Lennox Head was runner-up in a close battle in the U/14 boys division.
O’Brien was leading halfway through the final, but was beaten by Fletcher Kelleher from Sydney.