Cooly surfer Freestone on top of the junior world
A YOUNG Coolangatta surfer has continued his rise to fame after taking out another title in Bali on Tuesday.
Jack Freestone won the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships after defeating Hawaii's Ezekiel Lau in the final with only 0.06 points separating the pair, 13.83 to 13.77.
It was a tight tussle compared to Freestone's semi-final against Ramzi Boukhiam that the Coolangatta surfer won 19.53 to 2.17.
"It's amazing to follow in Joel (Parkinson's) footsteps," Freestone said taking the title.
"He's my favourite surfer and we're both from Coolangatta, so it feels amazing right now.
"He's on the Men's ASP World Championship Tour, that's where I want to be so hopefully this gives me the confidence to know that I can get there."
Freestone who also won the ASP World Junior Title in 2010 joins current ASP WCT No.1 Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Pablo Paulino (BRA) in an elite club of three surfers to have claimed multiple men's ASP World Junior Titles.
"When I won the ASP World Junior Title in 2010 it was just luck," Freestone said.
"I was out of the event and had to sit and wait for certain people to win and lose.
"This event was much different because it's the only one, but I never put pressure on myself and it must have worked.
"I wasn't even going to enter this event a few months ago, but I'm so glad I did. I feel amazing right now."
This year's ASP World Junior Champion was decided at a standalone event, the Oakley ASP World Junior Championship Bali as opposed to a series of events.
The final was a chess match, going back and forth with the lead changing and the two surfers with similar powerful and progressive styles battling for the ASP World Junior Title.
"I came here to win not come second," Lau said.
"But Jack (Freestone) was in rhythm and caught the best waves in the final so congratulations to him. You just have to move on, I've got the triple crown coming up soon in Hawaii, so I'll be back."