Amber's surf wildcard success
SUNRISE Beach talent Amber Dods has won a 2018 World Surf League Championship Tour Quiksilver and Roxy Pro trials wildcard after taking out the Under-18 division at the Queensland Junior Titles at Coolum Beach on the weekend.
In a finals day that was dominated by Sunshine Coast surfers, Coolum Beach turned on to provide both sunshine and peaky 2-3ft (1-1.5m) waves, giving ample scoring opportunity and setting the stage for a massive finals day for Queensland's best junior surfers.
As well, Noah Stocca, of Peregian Beach, made the Under-18 final surf-off which was won by Alister Reginato, of Alexandra Headland.
It was a close finish for local Dods that saw an event one rematch between herself, Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD), Sasha Baker (Mudjimba, QLD) and Sammy Lee (Buderim, QLD).
With a Queensland Title on the line, Dods remained busy in the final and with an 8 (out of a possible 10) up her sleeve, was difficult to beat.
With a second place finish at event one on the Gold Coast, it came down to the wire between Dods and series leader Harrison, but it was Dods who finished on top this weekend to defeat Harrison who had previously secured herself a 2018 Roxy Pro trials wildcard spot after winning the Queensland Open Women's Title earlier this year.
"It's been one of my biggest goals to get the Roxy Pro wildcard entry and it's something I've dreamed about since I was little,” said Dods.
"I'm really good friends with Piper and there's a lot of girls in the trials that I know and we're all great friends, but when we're in the water we don't think about that, we just surf,” she said.