ABOVE: Soli Bailey in action.
ABOVE: Soli Bailey in action. Will Hayden-Smith

Soli looks to seal spot on tour

SUFFOLK Park surfer Soli Bailey is on the cusp of qualifying for a spot on the World Championship Tour next season.

Bailey has always had plenty of potential and has been making a name for himself in the Qualifying Series in recent years.

He has already competed around the world and won a number of junior titles along the way.

Big performances at upcoming events at Taiwan and the Vans World Cup in Hawaii could see him force his way on to the tour.

The Far North Coast currently has a handful of surfers on the pro tour, with former Lennox Head resident Tyler Wright winning her maiden world title this year.

Older brother Owen Wright hopes to return next season after missing a full year of competition with a head injury.

Byron Bay-based Matt Wilkinson was in the box seat to win the men's world title before John John Florence dominated the back end of the year.

Lennox Head surfers Stu Kennedy and Adam Melling both still live locally and were on the WCT this year.

Melling has been a regular for a number of years while it was the first time Kennedy had been there for a full season.

Kennedy came in as an injury replacement at the start of the year after several years of impressive performances in the Qualifying Series.

He made an immediate impact when he made the semi-finals of the Quicksilver Pro on the Gold Coast.

The final event of the year is the Billabong Pipe Masters at Hawaii next month.


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