Gilmore sunk but Walker on fire

TWO Australians swept into the women's semifinals yesterday in surfing's World Junior championships at North Narrabeen, Sydney.

Nicola Atherton of Sydney used smart surfing tactics to eliminate tournament favourite Stephanie Gilmore from the quarter finals.

Atherton, 19, opened quickly in the tricky 1.5 metre waves to dominate her hotly-tipped opponent for the entire 30 minute match-up.

Gilmore of Kingscliff, NSW failed to find a second scoring ride in the demanding conditions to be left requiring a 4.99 to progress.

Australian Jessi Miley-Dyer, a 2006 WCT qualifier, is also through to the semi-finals after eliminating France's Pauline Ado.

South African Nikita Robb, 16, has ended the world title hopes of Hawaii's Carissa Moore by eliminating the 13-year-old.

Meanwhile Gold Coaster Beau Walker (AUS) caused a huge upset in the junior mens event when he defeated his teammate and Australasia's number one seed Ben Dunn 16.83 out of 20 to 11.30 in round two heat three.

Walker adopted perfect tactics to defeat Dunn who has been labelled by many as being the ultimate competition machine.

Walker opened up early with a very strong ride and managed to put himself in the perfect position to take the heat as Dunn opted to be patient and as result was dragged by the current out of the way of the best waves.

Walker was rapt that his tactics paid off.

"I've been dreading this heat and when the event was called off yesterday it just dragged my anxiousness out a bit more," he said.

"And now to come through with the win is great. I had to get off to a quick start out there against Dunn because he is such a great surfer.

"I went out there with the attitude that I had nothing to lose so I have to keep that all the way through.

TJ Barron locked in the highest heat total of the day when he defeated Jean Sebastien Esteinne (FRA) 17.50 to 6.33.

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