Carve Pro Junior
ASP Australasia Pro Junior Event
Maroubra, New South Wales Australia
17 - 19 January 2014
Australian season in full swing as junior and grom events close
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 January, 2014 - Tricky two-to-three foot waves provided the perfect setting for grommets on the final day of 2014 Carve Pro Junior and Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage at Maroubra Beach. The two events saw some of Australia’s best junior surfers fighting for valuable ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series points in the Carve Pro Junior, while some of Australia’s most promising under-16 year-olds battled it out in the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage.
Both Kelly Norris (Coolum, Qld) and Jackson Giles (Matraville, NSW) engaged in a fierce dog-eat-dog battle throughout the final of the Carve Pro Junior with the lead pinballing back and forth between both surfers. However, after locking in a series of impressive scores, it was Norris who managed to nail down the victory by a 1.67point margin. As a result, Norris has moved into the number one position on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series rankings.
“This is just an incredible feeling,” said Norris. “The waves were really tough out there and Jackson is such a good competitor so it could have gone either way. Fortunately, I got one good wave and Jackson was too deep. He’s such a good surfer and I knew he had the hometown crowd behind him as well. I began to stress out in the final ten minutes of the heat after I took the lead and just hoped he didn’t get a wave.”
Norris added: “I haven’t been checking the ratings too much, but it’s definitely great to get into the lead. Hopefully I can stay there for the rest of the year.”
Despite holding a home-court advantage, Jackson Giles was unable to steal the win in the final when Norris locked in an impressive 7.27 wave score (out of a possible 10 points). Nevertheless Giles finished the event, ecstatic with his second place finish.
“I wasn’t expecting too much out of this event, so I’m pretty stoked to have made the final,” said Giles. “I wanted to get a quick score on the board, but it didn’t really happen and I made a priority error and let him have one bomb-set which gave him the score to move into the lead. I’m going to take the confidence out of this and hopefully keep this momentum going into the next few events.”
Cooper Chapman’s (North Narrabeen, NSW) blistering run through the Carve Pro Junior came to a grinding halt in the semi-finals when he came up against an in-form Kelly Norris. Despite Chapman taking out convincing wins in all his earlier round heats, he was unable to topple Norris who locked in an impressive heat total of 13.33 points.
“I’m not too happy with the semi-final finish,” said Chapman. “The result doesn’t faze me too much, I was just really hoping to get as much practice in man-on-man heats in average waves as I could, but I just didn’t get the waves unfortunately. I’ll go refocus now and keep on trying to improve on my man-on-man surfing as we come into the Aussie leg of the World Tour.”
Matty King (Ulladulla, NSW) walked away from his Carve Pro Junior semi-final with his head held high after finishing second to local surfer Jackson Giles. Despite the south coast natural-footer notching up a series of critical forehand manoeuvres, he was unable to overcome Giles who locked in an impressive two-wave total of 14.50.
“The surf is really hard out there and it really all came down to wave selection,” said King. “I’m pretty happy to get a good result on the [ASP] Junior Series. I went pretty bad down at Bells [Piping Hot Surf Festival], so I’m pretty content to get a semi-final finish under my belt. I would’ve liked to go one better, but Jackson is in really good form, so I’m happy to see him go through.”
After blowing away the judges and spectators over the course of the whole Carve Pro Junior, Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA) unfortunately struggled to find the same form when he came up against Kelly Norris in the quarterfinals. Despite the talented goofy-footer locking in a 7.67 ride, he was unable to find a second scoring wave and was knocked from the event.
“It’s definitely not the result I wanted, but the waves have been pretty average all week and there’s nothing else I could really do,” said Wilcox. “I found one good wave out there, but I got a little stressed finding a second wave. Kelly has been surfing great over the entire event and he deserves all the credit he gets. I hope he does well in the rest of the event.”
The Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage saw a hoard of Australia’s best up-and-coming (Under-16 and Under-13) surfers competing in the tricky conditions when the event resumed today alongside the Carve Pro Junior.
Paris Whittaker (Caringbah, NSW) unleashed her repertoire of powerful rail turns to claim victory in the Under-16 Girls. The natural-footer managed to lock in an 8.17 ride to get the early edge over her fellow finalists, which she consequently held onto until the final hooter.
Event standout Harley Ross-Webster (Curl Curl, NSW) continued to build momentum right through to the final where he took down local Maroubra surfer Max McGuigan, Darcy Crump (Avalon, NSW) and Sandon Whittaker (Avoca, NSW). After being knocked out of the Carve Pro Junior earlier in the week, the natural-footer proceeded to light up the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage over the course of the three days.
“I’m so happy to get a win in the first event for 2014. It’s a great start to the year,” said Ross-Webster. “This was my first Pro Junior event as well, so to get a win and finish 9th in the Carve Pro Junior is awesome. My gameplan was to stay as busy as I could and try to pick the best possible waves I could.”
Keanu Miller (Bulli, NSW) proved to be the standout surfer of the Under-13 Boys successfully claiming victory in the heavily contested division. After locking in a 7.67 in the final, fellow finalists were left chasing a solid range of solid scores to take the lead away from the natural-footer.
Kirra-Bell Olsson’s (Copacabana, NSW) deadly backhand attack proved to be the nail in the coffin for her fellow competitors when she claimed victory in Under-13 Girls. The goofy-footer took dual wins in both her finals which consequently handed her the victory in the division.
The 2014 Carve Pro Junior is a new ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series event, which was factored into the three-day Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage.
CARVE PRO JUNIOR FINAL RESULTS
Kelly Norris def. Jackson Giles
OCEAN AND EARTH TEENAGE RAMPAGE RESULTS
1 – Paris Whittaker (Caringbah, NSW)
2 – Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW)
3 – Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW)
4 – Rubie Reents (Narrawallee, NSW)
1 – Harley Ross-Webster (Curl Curl, NSW)
2 – Max McGuigan (Chifley, NSW)
3 – Darcy Crump (Avalon, NSW)
4 – Sandon Whittaker (Avoca, NSW).
1 – Kirra-Bell Olsson (Copacabana, NSW)
2 – Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW)
3 – Sasha Baker (Mudjimba, Qld)
4 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW)
1 – Keanu Miller (Bulli, NSW)
2 – Jay Brown (Lilli Pilli, NSW)
3 – Finnley Hill (Avoca, NSW)
4 – Zac Paterson (Avoca, NSW)