Byron Bay surfer set to take on elite rivals at Tahiti
BYRON Bay surfer Soli Bailey should take plenty of confidence into the Rangiroa Pro Junior event this week.
Bailey placed equal third at the event last year and finished second in 2012.
The Tahiti contest is part of the ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series.
"I like that Rangiroa is on a reef and that it's so different to all the other waves on the junior series," Bailey said.
"This year's ASP Junior Series is different to the last few years just because I am a little older and more experienced.
"I'm feeling really good and I've got some good boards at the moment."
The junior events comprise the best surfers who are under the age of 21.
There is back-to-back events in French Polynesia as the competition starts to ramp up
Bailey posted a near perfect score at the event last year with a 19.25 (out of a possible 20) in one of his heats.
He kick-started his 2014 campaign with a win in the Piping Hot Surf Festival at Bell's Beach Victoria.
Meanwhile, Byron Bay surfer Roisin Carolan
finished third in the Australian Longboard Surfing Open in Kingscliff at the weekend.
The 18-year-old has built a reputation as one of the most talented long boarders on the Far North Coast in recent years.