STILL GOT IT: Robbie Sherwell shows his skills at Mooloolaba in 2007.
STILL GOT IT: Robbie Sherwell shows his skills at Mooloolaba in 2007. Che Chapmanx

Sherwell Jnr says don’t rule out the old man’s chances

AS IF organising and running your own professional surfing event isn't enough, now Robbie Sherwell is expected to win it.

Event one of the Sunshine Coast Pro Am Series, which gets underway in small surf conditions at Maroochydore Beach or Twin Waters today, has attracted a quality line-up, including two-time junior world champion Jack Freestone and World Qualifying Series contenders Wade Carmichael and Chris Friend.

But it's 48-year-old Sherwell who looms as the main danger, according to son Josh, who obviously doesn't mind putting a bit of extra pressure on his old man.

Robbie was in the world's top five in the 1990s but is now renowned as a coach.

But he's clearly still in good shape, having been seen tearing up a few breaks along the Coast this year.

"Dale Lovelock is always a threat when it comes to small waves and Nic Jones is also really good in the small conditions but I honestly would put money on dad at the moment," Josh said.

"He is surfing really well."

The predicted half metre waves should test all surfers in the Northshore Board Riders and XL Surfing Academy event.

"We're going to have to slug it out but the thing is we're competition surfers, we've got to be used to this anyway," said Josh, who is also keen to make his own presence felt.

"I feel like this has probably been one of the better preparations for an event I've had in a long time," he said.