|Anticipation Grows for International Championship Tour Hopefuls at Snapper Rocks
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With so much opportunity on the line, some of surfing’s biggest future stars have headed to the Gold Coast to get their Championship Tour qualification campaigns underway at Stop 1 of the CS. Not only will the event launch the Challenger Series season, it will give competitors the opportunity to surf one of the best waves in the world, with only three other people out, something Californian Crosby Colapinto (USA) and Portugal’s Teresa Bonvalot are over the moon about.
“This is an amazing event for me, the location is fantastic and to be surfing against many of the best surfers in the world is right where I want to be “ said Colapinto. “I want to join my brother on the CT and this is the playing field to make that happen so I’ll give it my best.”
“I’m excited about this entire series and the Gold Coast is the best place to begin with such incredible waves” said Portugal’s Bonvalot. “I’m ready to take on the best and confident I can qualify but it really is such a high quality field that I’ll need to produce my best.”
Sierra Kerr and Alister Reginato Win Local Trials, Gain Entry to Challenger Series Event
Surfing prodigy Sierra Kerr and Sunshine Coaster Alister Reginato have won the local Trials today at Snapper Rocks and will now compete in the main event against some of surfing’s biggest names. Before taking victory, the pair had to overcome an all Queensland field of 32 competitors in super fun, two-to-three foot surf. Reginato will come up against Current World No. 3 Jack Robinson (AUS) who is fresh off a win at the Margaret River Pro whilst Kerr will take on Current World No. 1 Brisa Hennessy (CRI) in her opening heat. The duo will join local wildcards Kobie Enright and Oscar Berry in the main event.
“I’m so looking forward to coming up against surfers like Jack Robinson,” said Reginato. “I need to push myself and take it up to these guys and no matter what I learn from the experience. With the waves firing it’s such a great opportunity and I say bring it on.”
“Snapper is firing at the moment and for this event it’s going to be incredible and I really just want to have fun and compete the best I can with just a few of us in the water” said Kerr. “ The more heats I can get through the better, Molly Picklum is a close friend and I’d love to surf with her in a heat but really I don’t mind who I’m against, I’m just excited to keep surfing the waves here and enjoy the experience.”