Savage given a shot at worlds

CABARITA carver Brent Savage is today preparing himself for the biggest competition of his burgeoning surfing career.

Fortunate to be awarded a wildcard entry into this week’s World Junior Championships, Savage will pit his skills against the best junior surfers from around globe with competition expected to commence in Sydney today.

Although eliminated in the quarter-finals of the qualifying event at North Narrabeen last week, Savage was handed a reprieve when Hawaiian Sebastien Zeitz was forced to withdraw.

With one spot in the main draw vacant, the event sponsors gifted Savage a start.

“It’s the best news for me,” Savage said.

“This is the absolute biggest event in world junior surfing and to get a start is awesome.

“Because the trials were run in such small waves I was always going to struggle but the main event has a waiting period and is quality controlled so I’m expecting to surf my heat in really good surf which will give me the best chance to succeed.”

Savage’s opening round heat is probably the toughest in the event, as he faces off against Brazilian No.1 seed Jadson Andre and South African prodigy Klee Strachan.

Lennox Head’s Owen Wright will lead the Australian charge.

Wright faces Hawaiian star Clay Marzo and trials winner Ryan Callinan in the first round.

The men’s event comprises 48 qualifiers from Africa, Australasia, Europe, Japan, North America and South America.

The women’s event is restricted to 18 competitors.

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