Small surf suits McCulloch at Cabarita
SURFING: Small conditions have proved a blessing for some of the Coast's most talented young surfers in Northern New South Wales.
Reef Heazlewood and Sophie McCulloch are through to the latter rounds of the 1000-point Tweed Coast Pro at Cabarita after impressive wins this morning.
Coolum's Isabella Nichols also scraped through, finishing second in her Round 4 heat.
Last year's junior world champion Nichols and Junior USC Scholarship winner McCulloch will line up in quarter-finals on Sunday morning.
Heazlewood, who has enjoyed a dream start to 2017, has also progressed to Round 7 of the male event.
The Moffat Beach surfer went deep into the Junior World Championship at Kiama last month, before taking out a pro junior event at Cronulla.
He bowed out of the Burleigh Pro in Round 4, but has bounced back to work his way through the large field.
He won his Round 6 with a score of 16.25, holding off Cam Richards by more than three points.
He'll now face Mateus Herdy, Jayke Sharpe and Timothee Bisso in Round 7.
"I'm feeling really strong and just had some good contests ... feeling like I'm surfing pretty well,” he told the World Surf League's live broadcast.
"There's some fun waves out there so yeah, I'm having fun.”
McCulloch, who defeated junior world champion Macy Callaghan among others in Round 4, said small surf on the Sunshine Coast of late had prepared her well for the contest.
"I'm definitely happy with that (win) I had a bit of a shocker yesterday and just snuck (sic) through so I was happy to come back and get scores,” she said.
"I'm used to surfing small waves back home so I just make sure I'm on the best waves. I know I can get the scores if I get the right section.”
She is now set to face off with Claire Bevilacqua at next call (7am, Sunday), while Nichols will meet Ellie Brooks.