New test for Adam
BURLEIGH Heads surfer Adam Neilsen has surfed the world, but is heading into the unknown at The Rock Yeppoon Surfing Festival this weekend.
Neilsen, the 20-year-old son of Brothers Neilsen co-founder Rick Neilsen, is one of more than 100 surfers hitting the Capricorn Coast.
The professional surfer has hit the waters off Australia, Hawaii, South Africa, Japan, Mexico, Tahiti and New Zealand, with plans of venturing to England soon, but he has never surfed the Capricorn Coast.
"I don't know what to do, it's all new,'' said Neilsen, a professional surfer for the past three years.
"You'll have to be pretty fit to move the board around, because there's not as much energy in the waves.
"I guess I'll sort it out once I get there.''
Neilsen hopes his light body frame, weighing just 60kg, will help in the small conditions ? a far contrast to the big surf that has pounded the Gold Coast over the past week.
Surfing Queensland organisers are closely watching swell charts for this weekend, hopeful the waves will pick up for Sunday's finals.
Local surf coach Adam Belot said the waves at Farnborough Beach were often shifting peaks and did not provide the same predictability as many areas down south.