SUNSHINE COAST TEEN SURF TALENT HOLLY WILLIAMS IS PREPARED TO TAKE ON SOME OF THE COUNTRY’S BEST AT THE WEEKEND’S CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
When you grow up close to the shores of the Coast’s most pristine beaches, it’s little surprise that you would take up surfing as a hobby. However, Buddina teenager Holly Williams was determined to ensure her love for the sport would take her further than just that. Holly was catching her first waves at the tender age of three and by the time she was seven she was taking part in her first surfing competition. The now 16-year-old has well and truly caught the surfing bug, getting out to the ocean at every available opportunity. “I have always lived on the Sunshine Coast and it’s just such a beautiful place and I love surfing here,” she said. “I grew up with two brothers who surfed and my dad surfed so it was just something that I got in to from an early age.” Holly has been named a “strong contender” in this weekend’s 2019 Queensland Championship Circuit series event, the Sunshine Coast Pro. She said she was excited to compete in her hometown after surfing well at the annual
MP Classic a little more than a week ago – the first event of the QCC series. “I’m definitely keen for this weekend, hopefully, we get some waves,” she said. “Hopefully I can carry some momentum from the MP Classic a couple of weeks ago into this event. “I think being on my home turf is a great advantage, it always is.” Holly said it was the first time she had competed in an open women’s competition and she looked forward to seeing the talent that was out there. “I love surfing in all the QCC events,” she said. “We get to surf with the best women in Queensland, so it pushes my surfing a lot. Having the prize money is great as well. “It’s great we have the women’s division now as well. There are so many good female surfers coming up and this is another good event for them to get a result at.” Holly said she had noticed a significant increase in females taking part in the sport since she had been competing in surfing competitions. “There are so many great girls coming out of the Sunshine Coast,” she said. “There has definitely been a big increase in women competing from when I first started, which is great to see. “It’s great competing and getting to know the other girls and see all of the talent that is out there.” Even though Holly was still studying at school, she said she would always find time for surfing. “It is stressful but it is definitely worth it and I can cope with the extra challenge,’ she said. “I definitely want to make a career out of surfing so I think what I’m putting in now will be worth it.” Holly said one of the best aspects of the sport was the connections she made along the way. “I love the social side of it and meeting people from across the country and around the world,” she said. “There’s no better feeling than being out in the water.” Holly will be among some of the country’s best surfers taking part in the QCC competition, which runs across this weekend. Surfers will be going head-to-head in open male and open female divisions to gain series ratings points toward the title of top open surfer in Queensland. The long-range forecast shows a 5-6ft south-southeast swell arriving for the weekend, along with moderate south-easterly winds. Competitors and spectators are encouraged to call the Surfing Queensland event hotline on 3030 6388 from 6.30am each morning of the event for a confirmed location and start time. The three-event series will wrap up with the Alley Classic at Currumbin on June 29 to 30. Based on the results from the three-event series, the top four men’s and top four women’s 2019 QCC competitors will go on to represent Queensland at the 2019 Australian Titles.
For more information about the weekend’s event and the 2019 QCC series visit https://www.surfingaustralia.com or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ surfingqueenslandinc.
Coast surfer Holly Williams will be competing at the weekend's 2019 Queensland Championship Circuit series event, the Sunshine Coast Pro.