23 Oct Subway Surf Series perfect for hungry locals
THE Subway Surf Series makes its way to Newcastle this weekend for the second stop on the Pro Junior Series.
This year the 10-event series as an new and exciting association with the World Surf League (WSL).
Comprising seven Pro Junior events and three non-qualifying events, the Subway Surf Series showcases some of Australia’s best young talent.
Over 80 competitors are expected to compete in the Newcastle event, which caters to both 18 and under and 16 and under girls’ and boys’ divisions
Local surfer Morgan Cibilic is one of several Hunter surfers flying the flag for the region this weekend.
The 15-year-old Merewether junior has been in sensational for this year and will be looking to continue is good run in the Subway Series.
‘I think its fantastic that Surfing Australia and Subway have chosen Newcastle as one of the 10 locations for the Subway Surf Series competition.’ said Cibilic.
‘I’d like to think that other companies see how well it works and then develop their own surfing programs or competitions.
‘I really like this comp which has the theme of Eat Well and Go Surf. I like to do both of those.
Surfing is a sport that has always gone hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle and clean living and Cibilic looks after himself when he’s out of the water.
‘Surfing is a really healthy sport.
‘Its great to be active and to develop all round fitness and skills.
‘Opportunities like this, supported by Subway, help all of us develop as surfers.
Newcastle’s winter produced some of the best swell the region has seen in decades.
Surfers were spoilt with nearly five months of clean, consistent surf.
But the warmer weather has put an end to long swell periods and all of Newcastle’s beaches have struggled to get decent waves in the past month.
Last week’s Mattara Pro was surfed in terrible, tricky conditions and no doubt Subway Surf Series organisers, and competitors are hoping that mother nature provides some contestable waves.
‘I’m looking forward to the challenge of the competition and hope the surf turns on,’ said Cibilic.
‘The banks have been pretty good over the past few weeks, and it’d be great if we have some good waves.
‘This comp offers an opportunity for junior surfers to showcase their abilities and to gain more competition experience.
‘I’ve been focusing on having fun and catching lots of waves in all conditions while free-surfing.’
Hopefully it pays off for the youngster.
Other locals competing over the weekend include: Zane Clifford, Danielle Hancock, Madi Poole, Connor Lee, Dylan Platford, Ruby Voyzey, Tayla Reynolds and Charlie Harrison.
Women’s World CT surfer, Laura Enever, is a Subway Surf Series amabassador this year and she will be a special guest at the contest and will be down at the event tomorrow from 9am-12pm.
‘Participating in junior surfing competitions was an important part of my early career and it’s fantastic that Subway is fuelling young surfers’ dreams with the Subway Surf Series,’ said Enever.
‘This year is set to be even more exciting with the WSL on board to provide even greater opportunities to young surfers.’
The winners of the non-qualyfing events will get to attend a Subway Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing HPC at Casuarina.