Prize pool sparks interest in comp

GOLD Coast surfer Mitch Crews is expecting competition to be intense at January’s Pro Junior event at Burleigh with competitors eager to grab their share of the world-record prize pool.

Event sponsors Hurley have provided US$50,000 in prize money for the grade-five Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event, with the winner set to walk away with US$25,000.

“It’s definitely going to shake things up a bit, especially at the junior level because we’ve never seen anything like this before,” Crews said.

To be held at Burleigh Heads, the event has traditionally attracted some of the world’s best professional junior surfers and Hurley spokesman Jason Haynes said he was expecting another strong field this year.

“This (event) will bring the world’s best junior surfers from around the planet to compete up against our local talent,” he said.

The event will run from January 22-26 with the finals planned to coincide with Australia Day celebrations.

Surfers wishing to compete in the event can enter via the ASP online member management system at

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