The 2020 World Surf League (WSL) Pro Junior Tour is set to kick off on the Gold Coast this weekend at the first leg of the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Hyundai. The long-range surf forecast shows a 3-4ft easterly swell heading to the Gold Coast in time for the event, along with north-easterly winds. Some of the country's best surfers will be competing to gain valuable series points which go toward their series rankings before the event heads to Narrabeen (NSW) in April, followed by Bells Beach (VIC) in September.
2019 men's event champion Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, VIC) is excited to be defending his title on the Gold Coast this weekend.
"Last year's event was awesome," said Huxtable. "We had some really great waves and I was stoked to get the win. The Pro Junior events are kind of a stepping-stone to the qualifying series - the surfers in the Pro Junior events are definitely on another level. I'm stoked to be heading to the Goldie again, I haven't been for a while - it looks like we should have some waves."
2019 women's event runner-up Holly Williams (Buddina, QLD) echoed Huxtable's excitement.
"We had some super fun waves last year," said Williams. "I like the Pro Junior events because it's another level of surfing compared to the state and national titles. It's a great atmosphere too - being able to meet some great new people and surf against them. All the girls have been surfing really well. I'm looking forward to surfing some good waves and doing my best, and when I'm not competing just having some fun."
Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates is looking forward to activating the event.
"We're stoked to be kicking off the series in Queensland this weekend," said Yates. "The Pro Junior tour is where our most high-performing juniors really shine, and we can't wait to see what they'll bring to the event."
Proudly supported by WSL, Hyundai, and Surfing Australia, the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Hyundai gives young athletes access to an event platform that's crucial in their development as Australia's leading junior surfers.
The World Surf League (WSL) sanctioned Pro Junior events, which includes 18 and under boys' and girls' divisions, form part of the 2020 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), provides the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title at the World Surf League Junior Championships in 2020.
This kind of success provides our junior surfers with important links within the ‘Pathway to the Podium' program developed by Surfing Australia, with surfers now able to progress from the nudie SurfGroms program, onto the Woolworths Surfer Groms, into the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Hyundai, followed by the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle series.