Aussie juniors world-beaters
IT’S official ... Australia is the No.1 producer of pro junior men.
The men’s team convincingly won the team ratings race at the just-finalised ASP 2010 World Pro Junior Tour.
The team ratings were based on each region’s top four male pro junior surfers’ final ratings points across two events, the Oakley World Pro Junior in Bali and the recently-completed Billabong World Junior Championships in North Narrabeen.
Newly-crowned world champion, Kirra’s Jack Freestone, led the way for the Aussies after winning in Bali and finishing ninth at Narrabeen.
Currumbin’s Mitch Crews was up there too after his second semi-final berth at Narrabeen, while Davey Cathels and Dean Bowen also added to the tally. Between them, the awesome foursome accumulated 36,500 points to easily see off their closest rivals North America (30,250).
Frenchman Marc Lacomare won the Narrabeen final from Santa Cruz’s Nat Young who did Jack a huge favour by denying any other world title challengers.
The title had not been won by an Australian since Joel Parkinson in 2001.
ASP Australasia Tour manager Dane Jordan believes the strong performance is indicative of the strength of the Pro Junior Tour in the Australasian region.
“It’s an honour to be the highest-rated team and given the gruelling and extremely competitive tour our surfers have developed through domestically, I’m not surprised,” he said. “Highlighted by Jack Freestone’s individual world championship title, the performances of our surfers has been exceptional and I congratulate all of them, both the pro junior men and women.
“This years’ pro junior tour is full of exciting talents and we have a strong calendar of quality events, typified by the fast approaching Hurley Burleigh Pro Junior at Burleigh Heads next week which boasts $US50,000 prizemoney and shortly after the Oakley Pro Junior at Stradbroke Island.”
The final world junior team standings: 1 Australia, 2 America, 3 South America, 4 Africa, 5 Europe, 6 Hawaii, 7 Japan. The 2011 ASP world junior title looks like it will be decided between three events. Bali and Australia will remain with Brazil the latest addition to the series.