Bargara teens to surf in pro comp
BARGARA surfers James William Ambrey and Owen Whatley, from Pacifique Surfriders Bargara, were yesterday accepted as automatic entries in the Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro Grassroots Wildcard competition at Burleigh Heads.
The teens said their dreams of becoming professional surfers were now one step closer to coming true.
"This competition is my chance to show the Breaka Burleigh Pro what I've really got. It would be a dream come true," James said.
"It would be a life-changing experience to battle it out with some of the world's best professional surfers and also to boost my surfing profile."
Pacifique Surfriders president Keith Drinkwater described the local boys as "gentlemen of the ocean".
"James and Owen are exciting surfers - they are right up there with the best in the state," he said.
A Brekka Burleigh Surf Pro competition spokeswoman said entrant numbers had significantly grown since last year.
"The competition has grown from 32 entrants in 2010 to 160 entrants this year," she said.
The winner of last year's competition, Taj Burrow from Western Australia, will be this year's favourite due to his current world number three ranking.
The Brekka Burleigh Surf Pro will be held from February 8 to 12.