James runs into tough competition in south oz
COOLANGATTA surfer James Woods was the best performed local at the Fantastic Noodle Pro Junior in South Australia over the weekend.
Woods made the quarterfinals, where he was eliminated by Billy Kean (Coffs Harbour), going on to place fifth overall in the particularly chilly three-to-four foot conditions.
Noah Lane (Rainbow Beach/Queensland) and Laura Enever (North Sydney Beaches/NSW) produced outstanding nine-point-plus rides to secure the Pro Junior Men's and Women's divisions.
Enever's victory was one of the best of her career and has further extended her lead on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior ratings.
The 17-year-old was staring at a big defeat at the halfway stage in the final, but with just 10 minutes remaining in the 30-minute final she found an excellent wave, unleashed four major bottom to powerful top turn snaps for a 9.25, before edging out Tyler Wright with a 7.35.
In contrast to the closely fought girls' final (16.60 to 16.50), the boys' was a very one-sided affair which saw Queensland's Noah Lane dominate with two outstanding nine-point-plus rides to easily defeat David Vlug (North Sydney Beaches) 18.05 to 9.35.
Woods and the rest of Australia's best Pro Juniors, along with a quality array of international surfers are now heading to Bali for the ASP Grade-5 Rated Billabong Pro Junior.
This is Indonesia's only ASP-rated event and it is event seven of nine on the circuit, and the break is perfect for performance surfing, offering fast hollow barrels along with sections that beg for power moves.
The event began its waiting period yesterday and is expected to run until next Monday, July 27.
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