South African Rudi Palmboom cuts back on a Macauleys right-hander.
South African Rudi Palmboom cuts back on a Macauleys right-hander.

Locals on top



COFFS Harbour locals have continued their run of good form on day three of the Billabong Pro Junior Series at Macauleys Headland.

Clean one metre waves provided the ideal line-up for the nation's best to showcase their talent for the remaining eight heats of round three and the first three rounds of the Pro Junior girls division.

Nambucca Heads surfer Heath Joske used his super talents to blast his way into the fourth round with an emphatic win over fellow Coffs Coast resident Otis Carey.

The 18-year-old Joske started strongly in the 20-minute-heat, locking in a 7.25 for a series of smooth frontside turns before sealing the victory two waves later with a nearly identical score of 7.15.

"The surf was pretty fun, nothing like the average waves we had for the first few juniors this year," Joske said.

"I managed to get that first good one straight off the bat which put me in a good position."

Joske led for the entire exchange leaving Carey holding on to second with two scoring waves of a 6.00 and a 5.50. Cronulla's Jake Stalker and Manly surfer Max Brokman were eliminated from the event.

Local surfers have been dominating during the first three days of the Billabong Pro Junior with ASP series leader Jayke Sharpe from Sandy Beach, Coffs Harbour's Madison Williams and Yamba hotshot Laurie Towner all through to round four.

"It was good to see Otis go through as well," Joske added.

"We've been surfing together for a while and he always comes down and surfs at my local beach so it was good for us both to get through.

"The guys seem to be doing really well, they are all from around here and we always have our Boardriders competitions at this beach. This bank is always like this as well, the way it runs off the little rip bowl, so they are just used to it and it's a huge advantage."

Sunshine Coast surfer Dean Iezzi (Sunrise Beach) chalked up a solid round three heat win over South African Rudy Palmboom, Jesse Adam (Merewether) and Dean Bowen (Gerroa).

In a tight exchange, Iezzi took advantage of a long reform right-hand wave to score an early 5.50 ride before taking the lead late in the heat with a 6.50. Palmboom snuck into second with a final 5.00 ride on the hooter to edge out Adam and relegate Bowen into fourth place. Round four will resume this morning and tomorrow's final is set down for a showdown at high noon.



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