Yamba surfer Jeames Young off to Ulu for qualifying round
DESPITE being on the recovery side of a nasty bout of tonsillitis, Yamba surfer Jeames Young is packing his boards and holiday gear as he jet sets to Bali today.
Young will be competing in the Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge, a World Surf League qualifying event being held in Indonesia.
The event is not Young's first qualifying after surfing well in last year's Four Star event in Hawaii.
"I am pretty excited to be in this event," he said.
"Last year I did pretty well in the Four Star in Hawaii. I have done a few of these qualifying events but not many.
"But now it is time to step up and do them, and get myself up in the ranks."
It will be Young's first trip to the Indonesian island, with the surfer ensuring he got some days either side of the tournament on August 15.
"I imagine it is going to be a different vibe over in Bali," he said.
"I am going to be in holiday mode, which is probably going to allow me to be calm and relax so I won't be stressing about the event."
Despite tonsillitis which has kept him out of the ocean the past week, Young was still confident of his chances after a good preparation with Chris Thompson.
"Preparation for this trip has been going really good," he said.
"We have been putting in the hours and doing some really hard training.
"Chris always says it is the one-percenters that count the most so we put a lot of effort into those. It has been really good to have him by my side.
"The past week I really haven't been able to train so it has put everything out a little bit. But I guess you just have to stay strong."
The local surfer will come up against stiff competition, with former Quiksilver Pro winner Damien Hobgood announced in the competition.
"It will be good to get a heat against him," Young said.