Jack splashes into Aussie squad
MOVE over Kelly Slater, Jack Freestone is riding the wave of success.
The Coolangatta local surfed his way to be number one in the state and fourth in the country, at the Arnette Australian Junior Surfing Titles last Friday.
Proving he was one with the ocean, Jack came fourth in the finals and was placed in the Australian squad, a team of seven surfers including the four finalists and three wild cards.
“I’m so happy to make the squad,” Jack said. “It didn’t really matter that I didn’t win. Winning of course would have been awesome but I’m just so happy to go to the squad and be part of the camp.”
With four surfers then chosen from the squad to go to the world titles in January, Jack said: “It’s like a second chance to go to the world titles.”
“I’m pretty confident going into the squad, and hopefully I’ll make it to the world titles in January.”
Ben Falvey, one of the Queensland surfing team coaches said Jack’s surfing future is very bright.
“He’s definitely one of the favourites to go in January,” Mr Falvey said.
“There’s no doubt he’s an excellent surfer and extremely talented.”
Being strongly backed by his sponsors who include Quicksilver, Fin Control System and Dragon, Mr Falvey said Jack would be surfing in the pro series for a long while to come.
Next year Jack will compete in the junior pro series.
“It’s my last year in this division so it would be really good to be chosen to go to the world titles,” Jack said.
“I have been surfing since I was nine years old and have been pretty much competing against the same people my whole career. We’re all really good friends so we don’t want to do anything to jeopardise our friendships.”
But before he goes to the training camp, he’s spending a week in Hawaii courteous of Quicksilver, to familiarise himself with the surfing conditions over there.
“Quicksilver is putting me up in Hawaii and showing me around the breaks there, because that’s where the world titles will be next year,” Jack said.
Jack will return from Hawaii and train with the Australian squad for a week at Casuarina later in the month.