Aloha Hornet Pro Junior
Presented by Sanuk
ASP 7 Star Pro Junior Men's Event
Dee Why Manly NSW
20 - 23 September 2007
Gold Coast surfers dominate in a surprise final with Mitch Crews taking the win!
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 September, 2007 : - - In thumping 1.75m (solid 5ft) clean waves at Curl Curl, Gold Coast surprise surfer Mitch Crews (Currumbin) has taken an amazing win over fellow Gold Coaster Reuben Levitt (Palm Beach). It is believed that Crews is the lowest seeded surfer to ever win a Pro Junior event in Australia, coming into the event with unflattering rating of 87 which jumped to 39 after his win today.
Its been an amazing event for me, Im really just feeling my way into the Pro Junior circuit this year and I felt no pressure in any heats, simply surfed my best and kept winning and all of a sudden I have taken the event out I cant believe it! said the modest but ecstatic 17 year old Crews after his win today.
Crews pocketed $5 000 for the win today and it was his first ever prize money finish in ASP professional surfing! The waves were great today and I just wanted to enjoy my surfing. The final was a little more difficult than the other heats but fortunately I was able to find the right waves to win.
The final was a relatively low scoring affair compared to the rest of the day with Crews taking the win on 10.5 (out of a possible 20) against fellow Gold Coast surfer Rueben Levitt on 6.15. It was also Levitts best ever result on the Pro Junior circuit and his rating has escalated to 13 on the season ratings.
Todays results also saw the Australasian Pro Junior Series decided with a well deserved overall series win to Maroochydores Mitch Coleborn. While Coleborn was eliminated in the opening heat of the day, his only rival in Heath Joske (Coffs Harbour region) was unable to capitalize on the opportunity and was also eliminated in his quarter final leaving Coleborn with an unassailable lead on the season ratings despite a huge event at Bells Beach next week as the final event of the series.
For Coleborn the series win is certainly well deserved as hes already won four individual events this season and will be going for an unprecedented five wins in the one season at Bells Beach next week.
Just prior to speedily departing the event site after his elimination Coleborn said, Mixed feelings really, Ive been eliminated from a heat I should have advanced through and not long after Ive secured the series Thats OK but right now Id rather be surfing in the semis and finals Ill focus on Bells and try and finish the season on a really big note!
While the series has been decided, the actual all important final four ratings positions, which ultimately decide the qualifiers for the ASP Billabong World Pro Junior Championships in Sydney in January 2008, are very much undecided following this event and positions 2, 3 and 4 are open which will ensure a monumental battle at the famous Bells Beach arena during the first week of October!
Joske and Wilson are not certain any longer while surfers like Jayke Sharpe, Beau Atchison, Brendan Leckie, Nick Riley and Owen Wrights performances here at the Aloha Hornet Pro Junior have thrown them right into contention. Jayke Sharpe (Sandy Beach/Coffs Harbour) and Beau Atchison (Copacabanna/Central Coast) placed equal third today, both surprise eliminations in their semi finals.
While todays Aloha Hornet finalists are not in a position to challenge for a top four finish, they will go to Bells Beach confident that they can match the best and with the overall winner receiving a wild card position into the ASP Billabong World Pro Junior Championships, they still have an avenue into that event
It sets the scene for an epic climax to the ASP Australasian Pro Junior season at Bells Beach in just over one weeks time! The event is being audio broadcast live along with live scores via the event live link at www.surfingaustralia.com Full Result spreadsheet along with updated final ratings following the Aloha Hornet Pro Junior can be found at www.surfingaustralia.com
The Aloha Hornet Pro Junior was proudly supported by Aloha International , Sunuk , Arrive/Alive , Aloha Manly Style, Xcel Wetsuits, The rooftop @the Styene , Waves magazine and Manly Council.
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