Single-minded Steph is through to the third round
LENNOX Head surfer Stephanie Single is flying the flag for the Far North Coast at the World Junior Championships in Brazil.
Single is the only local surfer taking part in the event and staked her claim with an impressive win in the opening round of the women's section.
It is the only Association of Surfing Professionals Junior Championship event on the 2013 calendar.
She has advanced straight to the third round, avoiding possible early elimination in the second round.
Single registered a 13.14 (out of a possible 20) to finish ahead of fellow Australian Dax McGill (12.00) with Leticia Canales Binao scoring 9.30.
Female surfers from Australia, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina and Hawaii are competing.
Single will face stiff opposition in the coming rounds from World Championship Tour rook-ie of the year Bianca Buitendag and promising Hawaiian surfer Mahina Maeda.
After of a couple of lay days, three- to five-foot waves are expected for the rest of the competition.
"The girls were meant to start about four days ago so I think everyone was excited to get out there," Buitendag said.
Single was part of the gold medal-winning Australian team at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua in June.