Freestone turns heads

COOLANGATTA'S Jack Freestone was one of the most impressive surfers of the four-star Burton Toyota Pro yesterday, convincingly accounted for Sydney's Chris Salisbury in his round four heat.

The ASP World Junior champion will now paddle out against highly rated ASP surfer Tom Whittaker in today's round of 32.

“There's a bit of pressure to perform being crowned World Junior Champion but that's probably a good thing,” Freestone said.

“It makes me push my performances and aim high.

“There are no easy heats from here on in so I'll need to be right on form to keep advancing.”

Byron Bay's Garratt Parkes was another to impress defeating Lennox Head high-flyer James Woods in his man-on-man heat.

The 19-year-old will now face a much anticipated clash with World No.5 and event No.2 seed Bede Durbidge in the next round.

No.1 seed and Snapper Pro runner-up Taj Burrow will also enter the event tomorrow and large crowds are expected to turn out to see the man many believe is in career best form.

In the women's division it was Gerroa's reigning World No.2 Sally Fitzgibbons who stole the show on the way to booking her berth in the round of 12 six-star Legendary Pacific Coast Pro.

Fitzgibbons easily won her heat defeating local girl Philippa Anderson who also advanced in second place.

Although outshone, 16-year-old Lennox Head sensation Tyler Wright also progressed through her heat behind French surfer Pauline Ado.

Fitzgibbons and Wright are both optimistic they can win this event.

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