Local surfer ready for worlds
KIRRA surfrider Jack Freestone is in Bali preparing for the event of his life, the Oakley World Junior set down for tomorrow. Earlier this year Freestone qualified for the semis in the Billabong Asia pro junior, finishing third and earning his right to compete for a world junior title.
Currumbin’s Mitch Crews, the current Australia pro junior champion, and Freestone are among seven Australians taking on arguably the World’s best-ever junior field.
The star names include USA’s Kolohe Andino (California), Evan Geisling (Florida) and Conner Coffin (Santa Barbara), plus current world professional junior champ Maxime Huscenot (France), Brazil’s Miguel Pupo and Hawaii’s Keanu Asing.
Both Andino and Huscenot surfed as wildcards in the past two ASP WCT events but were knocked out in their opening rounds. Andino, who is regarded as the next best thing coming out of California, was unsuccessful against world No.4 Dane Reynolds at Trestles, while Huscenot was bundled out of the Quiksilver Pro at Hossegor this week by nine-times World champ Kelly Slater.
Both will be fired up by their losses and will not be so easy at Keramas (Bali), a slabbing right-hand reef break likened to a minnie version of Backdoor, Pipeline.
The World’s best junior girls will also be competing with the guys including Casuarina’s Airini Mason, the current Australian pro junior champion and North Narrabeen’s Laura Enever, who is the current ASP World junior women’s champion. Both these events and next January’s Billabong World Jun- iors at North Narrabeen will go towards crowning the ASP World professional junior boys and girls champions for 2010.
On the ASP WQS front, Brazil is hosting two back-to-back
6-stars although there are no Aussies in the draw of the first event, the Super Surf at Florianopolis. The Super Surf is event No.30 on the World Qualifying series, followed by Oakley Rio Surf Pro at Ipanema, Rio De Janeiro October 5-10.
Next year’s ASP World Tour will be made up from the top 10 qualifiers and top 22 from the world title tour.
While the Quiksilver Pro at Hossegor, France and event No.7 on the Dream Tour to decide this year’s ASP world title has been on hold awaiting a new swell, the local Quiksilver/Roxy trials 4 trials event hosted by Surfing Queensland is on this weekend.
To find out where they’re surfing this weekend call the SQ hotline on (07) 3030 6388.