Joli's Blog: 'Burleigh 2012'
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 February, 2012 : - - Hi from a rain soaked Gold Coast. Weve had over 500 mm or 20 of rain this week and the normally turquoise blue water was turned a tasty chocolate brown by all the run off from the rivers and streams. Along with the rain that remained constant all week, the other was the level of surfing at the Billabong World Junior Championships.
The standard of surfing was through the roof this week, summed up webcast commentator and all round surfing legend Occy [Mark Occhilupo] as he watched the last few heats of the Billabong World Junior Championships on Queenslands Gold Coast.
The Burleigh rock break was a fun spot for them to surf and it was probably the best surfing Ive seen
ever! Names that come to mind are Matt Banting; hes got a lot better over the last 12 months, Jack Freestone surfed incredibly but that Brazilian kid Felipe Toledo or Holy Toledo as weve been calling him on the webcast was just outstanding.
He was generating speed like it was going out of fashion. He has to be the new kid on the block. Ive seen Gabriel Medina surf and Ive thought, How can it get any better? but this kid is virtually in the same class. Brazil has got so much depth to their surfing talent.
The event wrapped up Saturday at Burleigh Point crowning the Men and Women's ASP World Junior Champions and The Billabong World Junior Championships event winners.
It wasnt all straight going with the first ever World Title surf off being run between Brazils Caio Ibelli and Australias Garrett Parkes after the pair tied on points. After a tense 25 minute battle Ibelli was victorious.
Hawaiis Leila Hurst had to watch from the grandstand as compatriot Alessa Quizon won the final of the girls and relegated Philippa Anderson into second place in both the contest and the World Title race.
In the mens contest, VZ Trials winner Wade Carmichael went all the way through the event surfing more heats than anyone on his way to defeating Hawaiian Nathan Carvalho in the final.
Hope you enjoy checking out the Juniors Gallery to see some of the amazing talent on show.
Author: Peter Wilson
Tags: Joliphotes, Burleigh, Billabong WJSC,