Freestone fires in junior action
COOLANGATTA’S current ASP world junior tour ratings leader Jack Freestone launched into action at the Billabong World Junior Championships in North Narrabeen on Saturday.
With a solid 11.26 (out of a possible 20), the 18-year-old easily defeated Brazil’s Ian Goiveia (6.87) and Hawaiian Keala Naihe (3.96) in his opening round match-up.
Fresh from his win in the World Pro Junior in Bali, Freestone advanced directly through to today’s third round and moved one step closer to a world junior title.
“It feels good coming into Narrabeen as No.1,” Freestone said.
“The waves are really hard out there but it puts me in a good spot.”
The opening rounds of the men’s and women’s competition were completed on day one with the world’s finest under-21 surfing talent tearing the Narrabeen waves apart.
Currumbin’s Mitch Crews, 20, displayed an impressive variety of fins-free turns and aerials to score one of the day’s highest heat totals, a 15.30, to move into round three.
Lennox Head’s Tyler Wright was a shock elimination in the women’s division, upstaged by Crescent Head’s Ellie-Jean Coffey in their round three encounter.
Coffey bowed out in the quarter-finals, leaving Laura Enever as the only Australian in the women’s semi-finals.
Competition is expected to resume this morning.