The Chill Pro Junior @ Trigg Point Presented by the City of Stirling
Friday, 4 June 2010
Western Australia's only ASP sanctioned pro junior event, the Chill Pro Junior presented by the City of Stirling, commenced today at Trigg Point, with small but highly contestable waves on offer for round one of the men's competition.
The event has brought some of Australia's best under 21 surfers to the WA coast, battling it out for $25,000 prize money. Competitors were greeted with clean 1-2 foot (1 metre) quality right and left hand waves which gave them ample opportunity to impress with some polished displays of surfing.
This morning's action was highlighted by the performances of Mitch Crews (Currumbin, QLD), Sam Wrench (Ulladulla, NSW), Blake Ainsworth (Coolangatta, QLD), Chris Sailsbury (Newport, NSW) and Davey Cathels (Narrabeen, NSW) who all posted impressive round one wins and confirmed their status as the surfers to beat.
Number one seed Mitch Crews got straight down to business in the opening heat of the day, beginning his campaign with the powerful and stylish surfing that has him currently holding down first place on the ASP Pro Junior ratings, after a consistent start to 2010.
Crews' patience, superior wave selection and devastating forehand manoeuvres saw him rewarded with two of the morning's highest scoring waves, a near perfect 8.00 out of a possible ten, and a back up 6.50 to finish with a combined total of 14.50 out of twenty.
"The waves here are really fun when they come through, the morning high tide didn't make the going very easy, but I was lucky enough to swing into a few wider rights that I could really go to town on," Crews said after his heat.
"We were lucky enough to get some really good waves down in Margaret River the past few days before the event started today. A pretty major change from surfing 4-6 foot barrelling waves, then coming to small beach breaks," He said.
After his heat Crews joined 2009 Chill Pro Junior defending champion Felicity Palmateer (Hillarys, WA) in visiting two local primary schools to explain the benefits of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
"Surfing has benefited me some much over the years that it's good to give a little bit back." Crews said.
Matching the efforts of the number one seed today was his closest rival Davey Cathels, who used his recent victory in New Zealand as motivation coming into this event.
Cathels posted the day one's highest score, a 9.00 ride in a devastating opening heat, with his intensity and drive seeing him edge out younger competitors Connor O'Leary (Cronulla, NSW), and current under 18 National Champion Tim MacDonald (Point Lookout, QLD) to stake his intentions clearly to all other competitors.
"I'm pretty hungry to go back to back with a win here in WA." Said Cathels.
WA locals didn't fair quite as well with only three moving through to the next round. Local Trigg surfer Darcy Maynard proved local knowledge is key, with a hard fought win. Maynard will be joined by Margaret River duo Jethro Headstrom and Matt Baldock when competition continues tomorrow.
With a positive forecast for the remainder of the event, officials are hopeful the surf will build over the weekend. The women's event will begin first thing tomorrow, with heats commencing at 7.30am.
If you missed the amazing action from the 2009 Chill Pro Junior click here for a sweet video package of event highlights.
The Chill Pro Junior is presented by the City of Stirling and is proudly supported by Surfing Western Australia, 92.9, Community Newspapers, West, The Wire Magazine, Waves Surfwear, Sorrento Beach Quality Resort, Power Balance, Nature Play WA, Department of Sport and Recreation, Illicit Drugs in Sport Education Program and ASP Australasia.
For further information regarding the Chill Pro Junior at Trigg Point, please contact Surfing WA on (08) 9448 0004 or check out the event website www.chillprojunior.com
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