The inaugural Sooruz Royan Atlantique Pro Junior kicked off on day one of competition with semi-finalists decided in the women’s division as well as half of Round Two of the men’s event being completed in punchy 2-3ft peaks at the main event site at the ‘Còte Sauvage.’
Last week Merewether beach, Newcastle set the stage for one of the most exciting Australian Pro Junior combined Men’s and Women’s events in recent history – the 2012 CHIKO Pro Junior. With epic surf, outstanding performances throughout all four days of competition, the event concluded today in clean three foot (1.5 meter) wedgy peaks with Jesse Mendes (BRA) and Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) claiming the prestigious event crowns.
Jesse Mendes (BRA) took out an action packed Final over Moroccan surfer Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR). Boukhiam held the lead for the majority of the Final after scoring an 8.00 (out of a possible 10) on his opening ride. But Mendes never gave up and hunted down a nice looking wave with only a few minutes on the clock and proceeded to unleash a barrage of sharp power turns. He was rewarded with an 8.15, the highest single wave score of the Final, and enough to see him advance to first position and take the win.
Nikki Van Dijk was on fire yesterday, advancing all the way into the Australian Open Of Surfing Pro Junior Final
Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island, VIC/AUS) (pictured) was on fire yesterday, advancing all the way into the Australian Open Of Surfing Pro Junior Final.
The second day of the Australian Open Of Surfing at Manly Beach presented by Hurley and Billabong has seen sunshine and stellar surfing with both the women’s and men’s Pro Junior events being run well into the business end of the competition. The Women’s Australian Open Of Surfing Pro Junior saw some massive scores being dropped all day with the field now reduced to just 2 surfers.
Leila Hurst (HAW) was one of three surfers in the running for the ASP Women’s World Junior Title this morning, and was the last one standing after front-runner Joanne Defay (FRA) lost her quarterfinal clash. Then Philippa Anderson (AUS) bowed out of the race when she finished runner-up in the event, as she needed to win the final to claim the crown.
A massive day of competition saw all Quarterfinalists decided in both the men’s and women’s draws at the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast yesterday. Competitors battled the rain, stormy seas and each other in an exciting day of surfing in 2 – 3 foot (1 – 1.5 meter) surf at the world famous Burleigh Heads.
The Women’s ASP World Junior Title race has been whittled down to just 3 contenders after number 3 seed Dimity Stoyle lost her Round 3 clash with Alessa Quizon (HAW). Joanne Defay (FRA), Leila Hurst (HAW) and Philippa Anderson (AUS) are still in the running after winning their heats and advancing to the Quarterfinals yesterday.
“I’m trying so hard not to put pressure on myself,” Hurst said. “Of course there’s a little bit of pressure, everyone’s talking about the World Title, but I’m just trying to have fun.”
Sarah Mason (NZL) once again showed that her backhand attack is capable of posting some big scores at Burleigh Heads. Mason eliminated one of the standout performers of the event Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS), and will now advance to the Quarterfinals.