Aussies dominate 'dream tour'
THE gruelling world qualifying series of ASP Australasia, from where the top 16 WQS surfers in the world graduate into the ASP top 45 World “Dream Tour”, is currently dominated by the Aussies.
Lennox Heads Adam Melling - who won the last 6-star WQS in Scotland - heads the ratings from Yamba's Dan Ross in second and Owen Wright in third.
Its Melling's best run to date and the powerful natural footer from the LeBa club is virtually a certainty for next years CT.
He will become Lennox Heads' first pro surfer to make the World tour.
Ross, who had previously made the WCT cut in 2008, but fell short of requalifying, is now back for a second shot.
Wright, who is formerly of Culbura NSW, and moved to Lennox Head and as a member of the LeBa boardriders, sits in third spot on the QS.
He is seen by many, including his sponsor Rip Curl, as the next big thing in World surfing.
Currently, the guys are competing in the 6-star prime WQS at Pasta Point, Chaaya Island, Dhonveli in the Maldives Islands.
Currumbin's Luke Munro of the Alley Boardriders progressed into the round of 48 after winning his second round heat.
A former WCT pro in 2008, who like Ross failed to requalify, Munro is going around again and Pasta Point has been kind to Luke in the past, having won there in '07.
He is 11th on the WQS ratings.
Snapper pros Shaun “Gossy” Gossman and Brent “Brenno” Dorrington also advanced into the third round.
The event can be seen live on the ASP webcast.
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GOLD Coast juniors Jack Freestone, Noa Deane and Eden Putland were the unanimous winners in round one of the Queensland Arnette State Junior titles held at Narrow Neck on the weekend.
Not even a freakish pop-up thunderstorm, with gale force winds and torrential rain on Sunday morning could halt the junior's momentum while SQ organisers were forced to temporarily shut down the event until the volatile storm passed over.
The 17-year-old Freestone, a member of the Kirra Surfriders club (KSC), had no problems winning the under-18 category with a scorching 9.67 out of 10 in the final to outclass his opponents, including World International Grom Search champion Thomas Woods of the Snapper Surfriders Club, who was runner-up.
Last year Freestone won both back to back under-16 Grom events the Occy and Rusty, and has taken that winning form into the new age division.
“The win felt good and this gives me plenty of confidence to go on with the rest of the series!”
Freestone is also rated 12th on the Australian Pro junior (20 years and under) forfeiting a WA pro junior to compete in the State rounds.
Defending champion of the under-16 boys, Snapper's Noa Deane, is now one step closer to achieving back to back titles after a solid performance posting a 9.17 in the final, while Eden Putland the open women's champion of the Alley Boardriders, had a convincing win in the under-16 girls' from Snapper's Brodie Doyle, who placed second.
Brodie's twin sister Amiya was runner-up in the under-18 girls' behind Sunshine Coast's dominant winner Naomi Stevic.
Kirra's Mitch Duggan won the best move in the expression session.
The state's best juniors will now head up to North Stradbroke Island for the second round at the end of the month (June 30 - July 2).
The top 24 boys from round 1 and 2 of the under-18 and under-16 boys' will qualify for the third and final round, while the top 8 girls of the 18's and 16's will qualify on August 8-9 on the Sunshine Coast.
The Arnette National Junior titles are also on the Sunshine Coast from November 28 to December 5.
The Australian junior team is then selected for the World ISA tiles and Australia is the current World Junior ISA champions.
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WINNERS are grinners and it was hard to wipe the smile off Kingscliff's 15-year-old Codie Klein who took out her first final in the All Girls Surf Showdown at Lennox Head to win the under-16 final.
The prestigious all girls event, now in its 17th year, drew some of the best new surfing talent in the women's ranks, with teenage rising star Tyler Wright taking out both the opens and the juniors.
The young 16-year-old is Australia's latest surfing whiz kid, having won the 2009 World ISA under-18 title, and last year became the youngest ever competitor in ASP history to win a WCT event - the Beachley Pro at Manly Beach, NSW.
Her older brother just so happens to be 19-year-old Owen Wright.
While Tyler was winning at Lennox, Owen who eliminated Kelly Slater at this years Rip Curl WCT Pro at Bells beach, claimed his 4th pro junior of the season at Triggs Point, WA, to easily lead the ASP Australasia Pro Junior ratings.
Talk about the 'Right Stuff' - this surfing brother and sister team have got it in the bucket loads!