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.



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