Yamba's Jeames Young tackles Uluwatu
BEAUTIFUL weather, clean four-foot swell, and a world-class break you only have to share with three other surfers.
For Jeames Young, it doesn't get much better.
The Yamba surfer is still coming down from his performance in the Quicksilver Uluwatu Challenge, a World Surf League qualifying event in Indonesia.
It wasn't an easy competition - contestants included former World Tour surfer Damien Hobgood, Chris Ward and Hawaiian Mason Ho - but Young managed to reach the final 16 with a heat win in the third round.
"I was pretty pumped to progress further than them; I look up to those guys," he said.
"The Indonesians were surfing well and my mate who won, Jared Hickel, was also surfing really well. It was his day and I'm stoked the win went to him."
Young said the swell died during the finals, but conditions on the first few days were something to behold.
"Conditions were really nice, it only really got to about 3-4ft during the contest but it was still really fun, and three other dudes out, doesn't get much better," he said.
Young is heading home on Sunday and will jump straight back into training with Kris Thomsen in preparation for the HIC Sunset Pro four-star event in October.
He is also expected to compete with the Angourie Boardriders in the Kirra Teams Challenge.
"I have a bit coming up so I'm looking forward to heading home and getting back into training," he said.