Young guns tackle monster SA swells

EIGHT of Australia's top Pro Junior surfers will line up in a world-first Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational '09.

This select field of big-wave young surfers will be placed on call for all of this month, ready for August's biggest southern Australian swell.

The invited field includes Owen Wright (NSW), Dean Bowen (NSW), Teale Vanner (South Australia), Blake Ainsworth (Gold Coast), Cahill Bell-Warren (Vic), Courtney Brown (WA), Josiah Schmucker (South Australia) and Sam Hawke (New Zealand).

When the right conditions occur, combining ideal winds and a massive swell, these eight surfers will be flown into South Australia and taken to a remote location offshore reef for this-one day specialty event.

Dean Bowen, already a proven performer in big waves at the feared Teahupoo break in Tahiti, is looking forward to this unique event.

“It's exciting to be surfing an event that you know has to have huge surf,” said Bowen.

“I haven't actually surfed the wave they'll be taking us to, but I have heard it's amazing and that it holds any size swell. That has me fully amped, and the concept of waiting for ideal big surf is great. I'd much rather surf big waves than small, so bring it on!"

The Fantastic Noodle Intense Wave Challenge will be webcast live at

The event has also been endorsed by Events South Australia as an ideal way to show the state's spectacular coastline to the world.

A brand new TV series, Next Wave, goes to air this month on Channel Ten, unearthing the essence of grassroots surfing in Australia and introducing the next generation of surfing idols. The Intense Wave Invitational will be the ninth and final episode aired on Sunday, October 11, at 1pm.

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