Crews last hope for Aussie title
CURRUMBIN’S Mitch Crews is Australia’s last hope to win the junior men’s world surfing championship title, after No.1 seed Jack Freestone was yesterday eliminated.
Crews made it to the quarter-finals after defeating American Kolohe Andino in round four of the event at Sydney’s North Narrabeen Beach.
The Gold Coaster has a definite shot at the junior world title after coming in third at the other event of the ASP World Pro Junior Tour in Bali in October.
But it’s the last chance for 20-year-old Crews to take home the major prize and he’s feeling the pressure.
“An Aussie hasn’t won this world championship for like 10 years so I’m pretty nervous, but I’m trying not to take too much pressure and just keeping happy and positive,” he said yesterday.
It will also mean beating the apparent hoodoo against Australian surfers that got the best of strong surfers like Freestone, Tyler Wright and Laura Enever.
Crews said he was “pretty bummed” when world title favourite Freestone got knocked out in round four to Charles Martin from Guadeloupe.
“He’s my best mate and if it’s not going to be me winning I was hoping it was him,” Crews said.
The No.3 seed next meets Miguel Pupo from Brazil for the quarter-finals.