DIMITY Stoyle has the voice of someone much younger, but surfs with the maturity of someone much older.
The rising 20-year-old Buderim talent, who dreams of becoming the world's best female surfer, feels like she is well on the way to achieving that goal after an impressive start to her debut season on the ASP World Junior Tour.
After finishing second at the opening competition of the three-event tour - which is a breeding ground for future champions on the elite ASP Women's World Tour - Stoyle was brimming with confidence when she spoke to the Daily yesterday.
In the absence of Hawaiian sensation Coco Ho, the world No.6 on the ASP Women's World Tour, Stoyle will be the top seed at the Arnette World Pro Junior Brazil next week.
Ho ended Stoyle's hot run at the junior tour's opening event last week in Bali by beating her in the final.
"It hasn't really sunk in just yet," Stoyle said.
"I am so happy with my result in Bali.
"We had pumping waves for the event, too, which makes it even better.
"Sitting in second place is a really good start going into Brazil. I'm so excited. I haven't been there before."
Stoyle, who hopes to qualify for the women's world tour next year after narrowly missing out on a spot this year, says she does not feel added pressure being the No.1 seed for Brazil.
She rightly pointed out that being the top seed should make her planned run to the finals easier as she was guaranteed a good draw in the heats.
"It's so good going in as the top seed. It's a huge advantage for me," she said.
Stoyle said was she training very hard in the lead-up to each event, but admitted it was hard to maintain that level when competing overseas.
She also admitted to feeling some homesickness when away, but said the time she spent away from the Coast was made easier by her friendships on tour.
Something has clicked for her in recent events and she believes it is her time to shine even brighter.
"I've just been feeling heaps better," she said.
"My surfing's got better. I'm more confident. I'm just performing better in the heats.
"It's just exciting going into the next two world junior events."
A good result in Brazil will give Stoyle a great chance of winning the series, as the last event will be held at Burleigh Heads - a break she is very familiar with.
Stoyle has been inspired by the stunning performances of Coolum-based star Julian Wilson in his debut season on the ASP World Tour this year as she eyes a berth on the women's tour next year.
"He is an inspiration, coming from the Sunshine Coast," she said.
"He's just killing it on the world tour.
"I love watching him surf."
Stoyle has her admirers, too.