Soli Bailey is a man on a mission


Soli Bailey is a man on a mission


By Ted Bassingthwaighte

Byron Bay surfer, Solamon Storm Bailey aka ‘Soli’ has it all going on.
Still only 18 years of age a cruise through his website ( tells a story of a young man with a plan.
A natural footer who grew up surfing the many breaks in and around Byron Bay including the iconic Pass, Soli still has a lot of time to make an even bigger impression as a professional surfer.
As the top seed for the inaugural Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior his seeding is based on his recent ASP Pro Junior performances.
How does he feel about this and is he looking forward to returning to Newcastle and Surfest 2014? (

Q: You are the top seed in the Hunter Business Boardriders Pro Junior February 14-16. What are your thoughts on that?
It’s a great thing to be the top seed of any event. I don’t really take it into consideration too much. I think that everyone entered into the event on their day will surf really well. Whoever picks up the best waves are going to do really well. But, yeah it is good to come into the event the top seed so I’m stoked.

Q: How did this come about?
It’s because of my performances over the past 12 months.

Q: Tell me about your experiences surfing and competing in Newcastle? 
A: I competed in last year’s Pro Junior making it to the quarter finals. In 2012 I competed but not sure how I went. I have actually surfed in Newcastle a fair bit over the years. I really like the waves down there. I find they have quite a lot of punch to the waves. There’s always been swell too. Merewether is a good, fun wave. I remember last year’s Pro Junior on the Merewether rights.   That was probably one of the best events of the year for waves anywhere in Australia. So yeah … I’m really looking forward to coming back.

Q: There has been a huge demand for spots in the ASP 6 star Burton Toyota Pro.   The ASP have decided to hold a 32 man international trials event on February 16.   Will you be trying to enter the Burton Toyota Pro as well?
Yeah I guess. I’ll have to see where I’m at with my ASP points. Hopefully I get in as a result of my current ranking but I’m not too sure if I have or not. So hopefully I’ll just get into the main event but if not I’ll see where I’m at and maybe try to get in through the trials.

POSTSCRIPT:  Soli is seeded at 157 on the ASP seed list for the Burton Toyota Pro. He will have to compete in the international trials event on February 16.

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Grant Sproule

Grant Sproule has worked in Newspapers and Surf Media for 22 years and is also graphic designer and photographer. His eye for detail and deep passion for surfing has led him to develop one of Australia's leading Surf Magazines. Grant Started shooting surfing at a young age and is now regarded as an industry pro.

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