SOUTH Coast surf lifesaving products Ali Day and Kirsty Higgison, who both train with Surfers Paradise SLSC, will be hoping to build on their Oceans6 Series round one result, this weekend at Coolum.
Kiama’s Ali Day is out to better his result, after only managing an 11th place – well behind his usual podium finishes.
“Things didn’t go my way at Queenscliff and honestly I was pretty shattered – so I’m looking to get back to form at Coolum this weekend,” Day said.
“Coolum is known for its big waves and tricky conditions and I’ve raced there since I was young so hopefully that experience pays off.”
An extremely disappointed Shannon Eckstein will have to sit out this weekend’s action, due to a calf injury he sustained in round one.
Round one winner, James Lacy will be one to watch as he sets out to prove his win was not a one off, as will Matt Poole who is truly back in form and hungry for the number one spot.
While in the women’s event, Nowra-Culburra junior Kirsty Higgison, who claimed fourth in round one, will have her eyes on slowing down the red-hot Georgia Mille.r
Miller finished second after a sprint finish in round one, which was off the back of a Coolangatta Gold win – showing she has both the long distance and sprint disciplines of a Nutri-Grain Series champion.
“I was really happy with how round one went, and it sets me up for a good season,” Miller said.
“I have recovered from my injuries and surgeries last year and if I can keep up my form I feel confident I can go well again this weekend – it’s all about consistency.”
Miller’s training partner, Maddy Dunn is still on a high after her round one win and will take that energy into race two to get a positive result.
Courtney Hancock, Harriet Brown, Jordan Mercer and 2017 champion, Brielle Cooper are all determined to be in the top three so it will be an exciting weekend of racing as the athletes take to the beach.