A HOST of Australia's best and most promising junior surfers will call Culburra Beach home this weekend, as the 2019 Hydralyte Sports Shoalhaven Pro Junior gets underway on Friday.
The elite three-day World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event will take place from the May 24-26 and will feature more than 120 competitors, including Shoalhaven products Harry Phillips, Keira Buckpitt and Navryn Watson, as they attempt to gain ranking points and potentially seal themselves a spot in the World Junior Championship.
"The Shoalhaven is so proud to be a part of this year's Australasian World Surf League circuit," Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley said.
"The Shoalhaven coastline has firmly earned its place on the national and international holiday surfing map and we welcome competitors, family, and friends of the competition to the region.
"Sharing our region through events like this, support the growth of this sport and also provide a great boost to visitation during our quieter seasons."
Having recently claimed the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series Pro Junior at Cronulla and the Gold Coast Pro Junior Dakoda Walters (Angourie) is hoping to extend his lead in the top-five on the 2019 junior rankings.
"I'm really looking forward to the next few events on the Junior Series, especially heading down to Culburra Beach," Walters said.
"The rankings will be starting to come down to the wire by the time the event gets underway and I hope I can get a bit jump on the ratings and lock in my position for the World Juniors."
The Hydralyte Sports Shoalhaven Pro Junior will commence each day at 7:30am with the call for the day's schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am.