ON A ROLL: Michael Peterson with winner of the Rip Curl MP Classic Dave Reardon-Smith, along with his trophy and replica MP boa
ON A ROLL: Michael Peterson with winner of the Rip Curl MP Classic Dave Reardon-Smith, along with his trophy and replica MP boa

Surfing Australia Juniors ready to get kegged



BURLEIGH Point is set to pump for this week's Billabong Pro Teens, the fourth Australian pro junior of the year.

The sandbanks at Burleigh Point are the best we've seen in years, so find a vantage point on the headland and watch the juniors get kegged.

ASP Australasia pro junior ratings leader, Laurie Towner, is amped to do well at Burleigh after winning the first pro junior of the year at Victoria's Bells Beach.

"I remember the epic 1999 final when Rasta (Dave Rastovich) clipped Parko (Joel Parkinson) in the final at Burleigh. The waves were perfect and I wasn't even a junior then," said the laconic natural-footer from Angourie.

He caught one of the best waves in Hawaii last season, disappearing three times on an overhead bomb at Off the Wall. The ride was witnessed by Billabong team riders Andy Irons and Joel Parkinson, who he was sharing a house with at Pipeline. Obviously that wave has given Towner a huge confidence boost to go off in contests.

The Billabong Pro Teens field is massive, with 230 competitors aged 20-and-under from 11 countries hitting the waves over five days of competition.

A lay day has also been factored in by organisers so they can focus on the best surf available for the guys and girls vying for $13,000 in prizemoney and ratings points.

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COOLUM'S Dave Reardon-Smith has won his second open men's final for the year claiming the fifth annual Rip Curl MP classic in pumping head-high peaks at D-Bah.

Reardo won the first QCC event of the year, the Billabong Alley Classic at Currumbin last month.

One of the standouts of the event, held in Michael Peterson's honour, was another Coolum charger, Julian Wilson, who scored 19.27 out of 20 in earlier rounds.

Rip Curl co-owner Doug 'Claw' Warbrick, who recently moved to Currumbin from Victoria, watched the competition with Michael Peterson and was full of praise for the performances.

"The standard of surfing was radical and progressive and the highest we've seen so far," Warbrick said.

"There is something really special about this event."

There is much speculation that the Rip Curl MP Classic will become a WQS event, which is badly needed on the ASP Australasian circuit and would be the major WQS event here on the Coast.



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