Australia world junior champs again after big win in Brazil
By ANDREW McKINNON
WHAT a massive week in surfing news.
Firstly congratulations and a job well done to the Surfing Australia junior team who reclaimed the world junior teams title in Brazil for the 2006 Quiksilver World ISA junior championships.
The young Aussies were all fired up thanks to the coaching assistance from national coach Sasha Stocker and his assistant Mark Richardson and women's coach Jodie Cooper.
In the Under-18 boys' final, Coolum's Julian Wilson overcame an equally determined Jordy Smith of South Africa while Bronte's Caleb Reid capped off a brilliant showing in third.
In the Under-16 boys' final Owen Wright of Culbura, NSW dominated leaving his opponents in combo land.
Wollongong's Sally Fitzgibbons was runner-up in the Under-18 women's final and Tugun's Airini Mason surfing for her home country New Zealand placed fourth in the final.
There's no rest for the wicked for Julian Wilson, Australia's latest World champion and seen by many as a possible ASP world champion in the future.
Julian has thrown his hat into the ring for this weekend's Coolum Classic, the third event on the Billabong QCC.
The following weekend Julian will join his surfing family Seb, Bart and Mum (Nola) and Dad (Mic) for the annual Crescent Head longboard event.
A former Australian junior longboard champ, Julian can pretty well surf anything but the Crescent weekend is a great excuse to go surfing with the family.
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RIP Curl's godfather Doug 'Claw' Warbrick just can't get enough of surfing events after placing fourth in the Over-60 division of the HangTen Malfunction final, Claw has been invited to Noosa for the Over-60s Wrecks and Relics event.
Claw also confirmed that Nat Young who won the Over-40s final at the Malfunction will be given a Gold pass to go to Bells Beach with his family for next year's Rip Curl Pro.
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ON the ASP World tour, WA's Melanie Redman-Carr has now won three in row and will be hard to beat for this year's women's world title, there are five events remaining and Mel's nearest rival Sydney's Layne Beachley is a 1,000 points behind in second and Tweed's Chelsea Georgeson is in third.
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SEVEN-times world champ Kelly Slater's winning run came to an end in the semi-finals of the Billabong Pro at Teauphoo, Tahiti.
Kelly went a bit too hard against Hawaii's Fred Pattachia trying on a close-out floater and fell on his rails injuring his ribs and possibly being out of action for the next CT, the Globe Pro at Tavarua, Fiji.
Ironically Kelly was injured at Tahiti in 2003 and when he pulled out of Fiji, Andy Irons went into overdrive to win at Cloudbreak and eventually take the world title.
Slater still holds a 1,000 point lead and his nearest rival is the winner of the Billabong Pro California's Bobby Martinez.
Gold Coast's best result in Tahiti was from Dean 'Dingo' Morrison, knocking out Andy Irons in round 4 (Andy thought he'd won), Deano reached the semi's and is now in the top 10 of the ASP ratings.
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DID the ASP judging panel get the result wrong for the Billabong Pro?
While ASP debutante Bobby Martinez was a popular winner with a pair of 8.0s in the final, Hawaii's 'Freddy P' i.e. Fred Pattachia could be excused for thinking that he had done enough on his final wave, needing an 8.1, the judge's average was 7.9. but if you looked at the five judges' scores, three of the judges had over 8.1, the highest judge scored 8.5 but the two lowest judges had low 7's and after taking out the highest and lowest scores, the average came in at 7.9 despite the majority of judges giving the Hawaiian the score he needed.