Pacifique Board Riders Club surfer Mark Quarrell surfs at Nielson Park Beach.
Pacifique Board Riders Club surfer Mark Quarrell surfs at Nielson Park Beach.

Young surfers in need of a break

PACIFIQUE Boardriders president Keith Drinkwater has appealed to the Bundaberg business community to help two young surfers compete in an upcoming national competition.

Bargara surfers William Ambrey and Eoin Whately have been nominated for the 2012 ASP Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro Series.

The youngsters have received grass roots wild card nominations for the five-day competition to be held on the Gold Coast.

Drinkwater said the club was trying to secure financial backing for the pair to help with costs associated with competing.

"When you add everything up, a place to stay, travel, entry fees and food - it's not going to be cheap.

"The club is helping out as much as it can but we're hopeful a business will come forward," he said.

Drinkwater said the youngsters had earned their wild card nominations through the development of smooth, controlled styles and exciting aerial manoeuvres.

"It's quite incredible to believe that we have two kids of this calibre in our region," he said.

"They are a credit to local surfing." The annual competition attracts a who's who of international surfing.

The winner of last year's competition, Taj Burrow from Western Australia, will be favourite due to his world number three ranking.

Drinkwater said by competing in the tournament Whately and Ambrey would gain valuable competition experience.

"It's a massive opportunity for them," he said.

The Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro will be held from February 8 to 12.

For more information call Keith Drinkwater on 0428 889 737.



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