Teen surfer Hing into quarters in Rangi Pro event
COAST teenager Kai Hing has produced perhaps the best result of his burgeoning career after advancing to the quarter-finals of the ASP's Rangi Pro Junior in French Polynesia.
Hing, who at 15 is the youngest competitor in the event, was due to meet fellow Australian Mitchell Parkinson in the quarter-finals of the Rangiroa event this morning.
He advanced to the last eight of the event, which has continually served up barrels on the reef break, by finishing second behind fellow Australian Soli Bailey in the round of 16 yesterday morning.
The 2011 under-16 national champion posted a two-wave total of 10.50 (out of a possible 20) with Bailey scoring 13.75. If Hing advanced further, he was due to meet either Bailey or another Aussie, Kurtis Herman, in the semi-finals.
The news was not so good for two other Coast surfers, Matt Williams and Nic Jones, who were eliminated in the round of 16. Williams finished third in his heat with 7.85, while Jones also came third (7.30).
Australia's Jake Sylvester and Jack Scollard booked a semi-final berth yesterday.