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Bennetts reigns supreme at FCS Queensland Jnr event


Chris Bennetts : photo

FCS Queensland Junior Series 2006 (Event 1) 

Sky's the Limit For Impressive Bennetts /
Champions Crowned At Inaugural FCS Queensland Junior Series

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 June, 2006 : - - Queensland junior surfers have once again cemented their reputation as Australia’s finest, entering into a new performance dimension on finals day at the inaugural FCS Queensland Junior Series (QJS) event on the Gold Coast. In improving 4ft conditions at Lacey’s Lane - Currumbin, Queensland’s next generation of surfing super stars rose to the occasion, surpassing the high performance benchmark set in previous years.

With the list of past Queensland Junior champions featuring some of the greatest names in world surfing including, current ASP WCT ranked surfers Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and Dean Morrison, Queensland’s top juniors laid the foundations to one day emulate their successors. Event standout and Gold Coast local Chris Bennett’s persistently pushed the limits to convincingly win the blue ribbon under 18 boy’s division.

In a final dominated by Sunshine Coast surfers, the sole Gold Coaster proved unstoppable, performing a series of radical controlled maneouvres in the most critical sections of Lacey’s right-hand waves to clinch a well-deserved victory. So impressive was the radical surfing by competitors, many were claiming it as the best surfing that had been witnessed at a junior level.

Surfing with an explosive and progressive style, Bennett’s totally smashed his fellow finalists Jasper Endersby (2nd, Peregian beach), Chris Friend (3rd, Maroochydore) and Sam Rhodes (4th, Coolum beach) with incredible scores of 9.5 and 9.95.“The level of surfing in the final was amazing,” explained Bennetts. “8’s and 9’s were getting thrown out, so I feel pretty lucky to come away with the win.”

In the heat of the contest, Giant-killing Coolangatta surfer James Woods backed up his win at the Queensland Secondary Schools title last week, with an emphatic victory in the under 16 boy’s division. Opening the final with a massive 9.5 ride and later consolidating with a perfect 10, Wood’s seamlessly left his fellow finalists to fight over minor placings.

A combined heat score of 19.5 was easily enough for Wood’s to defeat Lance Pirie (Mermaid beach), Tim MacDonald (Nth Stradbroke) and Thomas Woods (Coolangatta). Wood’s posted the event’s highest total combined heat score 19.60-points in his semi-final heat.

The under 18 girl’s finalists picked up where the boy’s left off, executing the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on Lacey’s peeling right-hand waves. At the completion of the heat, it was Tugun’s Tiana McNeven who reigned supreme, convincingly defeating Amy Hart (Currumbin), Alex Coleborn (Mooloolaba) and Kelly Ker (Sunshine Coast) with an impressive total of 17.5-points.

Similarly, pocket-rocket Naomi Stevic (Sunrise beach) proved unstoppable in the under 16 girl’s final, convincingly defeating Georgie Roach (Maroocyhdore) Dimity Stoyle (Buderim), Quincy Moore (Sunshine Coast) and Amy Hubbard (Currumbin) in the twenty-minute final.

Today’s finals saw champions crowned in the under 16 boy’s and girl’s divisions, as well as in the blue ribbon under 18 boy’s and girl’s divisions, showcasing the best cross section of surfing Queensland has to offer.

The revolutionary FCS Queensland Junior Series replaces the existing regional junior titles and Queensland junior titles, the statewide eliminatiion and qualification events for surfers wishing to be apart of the illustrious Queensland junior surfing team.

A surfer’s best 2 results from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast events will be used to calculate the top 24 - U/16 and U/18 year old boy surfers and the top 8 - U/16 and U/18 year old girl surfers. These surfers will be invited to contest the final FCS Queensland Junior Series event on North Stradbroke Island on September 9th – 10th.

The next stop on the FCS Queensland Junior Series is scheduled for the Sunshine Coast on June 24 - 26, 2006.


JAmes Woods : photo


FCS Queensland Junior Series -Event 1 -

Gold Coast - Sunshine Coast's Chris Friend Dominates on Day 1.
FCS Queensland Junior Series Adds A New Dimension to Junior Surfing

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 June, 2006 : - - Winter’s beautiful blue skies and serene conditions were no where to be seen, as a host of Queensland’s emerging surf stars made their way to the Gold Coast to take part in event one of the new-look FCS Queensland Junior Series (QJS) today.

In tricky 2ft conditions at Lacey’s Lane - Currumbin, competitors from as far south as Coolangatta to as north as Bargara established rank as the new breed of Queensland junior surfers, carrying out a superb exhibition of radical and innovative surfing.

The groundbreaking QJS replaces the existing regional junior titles and Queensland junior titles, the statewide elimination and qualification events for surfers wishing to be apart of the illustrious Queensland junior surfing team. In stark contrast to previous years, the 06’ QJS incorporates only the under 16 boy’s and girl’s divisions, as well as the blue ribbon under 18 boy’s and girl’s divisions, showcasing the best cross section of surfing Queensland has to offer.

Alexandra Headland’s Chris Friend quickly set the benchmark in the blue ribbon under 18 boy’s division, lighting up the somewhat gloomy conditions with a procession of critical and innovative turns in his round 1 heat. Wave selection and consistency proved the key for the reigning under 16 boy’s Queensland Junior champion, posting excellent 8 and 8.5 rides to open his 06’ campaign.

Persistently looking to strengthen his already unattainable lead, Friend executed a combination of swooping bottom turns and on-edge carving-maneouvres on a peeling right-hand wave in the later stages of the heat to score a near-perfect 9.9 from the judges. Friend’s final combined heat score of 18.4 proved to be today’s highest and was easily enough to defeat Eli Jacobs (Bilinga), Jarrad Williams (Gold Coast) and Jerone Lee (Gold Coast).

“The conditions weren’t as bad as they looked,” explained Friend. “The tide was pretty high so you had to be very selective with the waves you chose. Luckily, I caught some good ones!” Friend, who has only recently returned home from a 6th placing at the ISA World Grommet Titles in Sao Paulo- Brazil, will now meet Noah Lane (Rainbow beach), Eli Jacobs (Bilinga) and Tyson Kozusek (Palm beach) in round 2 and is without doubt the surfer to beat in tomorrow’s finals.

Similarly, 17-year-old Rainbow Beach surfer Noah Lane was impressive in his under 18 boy’s round 1 heat. Lane’s combined total of 15.6 was seamlessly enough to elevate him into tomorrows round 2 heats.

‘06 under 18 boy’s Surfing Queensland Grommet Challenge champion Josh Lee (Coolangatta) also faired well, convincingly winning his round 1 heat.

Today’s other standouts included Harrison Roach (Sunshine beach), Ash MacDonald (Nth Stradbroke Island), Jasper Endersby (Peregian beach), Mitch Crews (Currumbin), Chris Bennetts (Main beach), Dimity Stoyle (Buderim), Naomi Stevic (Sunrise beach) and James Woods (Coolangatta).

The three-event QJS will see Queensland’s finest junior surfers competing for prestigious Queensland Titles, whilst ultimately deciding the FCS Queensland Junior Surfing Team to compete at the Australian Grommet Titles in 2006 – The pinnacle event of junior surfing in Australia!

With a forecasted increase in southerly swell tomorrow, finals day is expected to deliver an even higher standard of performance surfing!



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Jake White 
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