Brent Savage must beat Dean Bowen
TWEED Coast’s Brent Savage will be among a hot group of junior surfers aiming to take out the first Association of Professional Surfers event of 2010.
Big waves are expected for the Quiksilver Jetty Surf Pro Junior running on Victoria’s Surfcoast beginning this Sunday, January 3.
Competitors are the very best of Australasia’s under 20-year-old surfers and are all aiming for a great opening result to the ASP Australasian 10 event Pro Junior Series season - surfing’s major stepping-stone to open professional surfing.
Victoria’s Surfcoast’s most famous surf break is Bells Beach, host to the longest running ASP World Tour event every Easter and while Autumn and Spring are prime season for surf at Bells, summer swells are often excellent and past years at the Quiksilver Jetty Surf Pro Junior have seen Bells deliver many excellent days of surf.
Savage can score a wild-card entry into the Quiksilver Pro Trials at the Gold Coast if he takes out the Jetty Surf Pro, but he will have to beat number one seed Dean Bowen, his Billabong team mate.
Long range weather and swell forecasts indicate a great ground swell arriving for the start of the event and Bowen was talking up his chances in big surf yesterday.
“I’m totally comfortable surfing Bells when it’s big,” Bowen said.
“In fact I find it way better when it’s big rather than small, the wave faces allow plenty of scope to score and I hope this approaching swell really pushes hard – it will be a great way to start the year.”
Pro Junior Women’s number one seed Laura Enever is also accomplished surfing solid waves at Bells having won many events over the past few seasons on the famous Bells Beach bowl.
Savage is the only Tweed hope in the competition, though he will be joined by Gold Coast surfer Blake Ainsworth.
With around 160 of Australasia’s best 20-year and under surfers competing, it will be a huge week of quality surfing beginning Sunday and running through to Thursday, January 7.
There will also be a strong international contingent competing.