Coolum's Isabella Nichols in action.
Coolum's Isabella Nichols in action. Chris Peel

Up-and-coming boardrider taking on the world's best

SUNSHINE Coast coach Brad Lee rates his young charge, Isabella Nichols, a realistic chance of winning the under-16 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, which starts in Nicaragua on Saturday.

Lee said Nichols had all the skills to shine when she took on the best junior surfers in the world.

"There's no doubt in my mind that she can win it," he said yesterday.

"She's a wonderful young surfer and she'll be giving it everything, and I know she has the talent to win."

Lee's comments are hard to argue against following Nichols' strong recent form, including second place at the prestigious Bells Beach Classic in April.

The 15-year-old has been going from strength to strength ever since, earning a place in the Australian team following a gruelling three-day selection camp.

Nichol arrived in Los Angeles yesterday for a two-day stopover and Lee said she would be relishing the opportunity to represent her country.

"She'll come back a better, more experienced surfer," he said.

 THE Sunshine Coast's Mitch Coleborn and Julian Wilson will be hoping to hit the water today at Cloundbreak following yesterday's competition lay day at the Fiji Volcom Pro.

The day before, Coleborn won his first-round heat to progress to the third round.

Having finished second in his opener, Wilson is in the sudden-death second round.