Chris Bennetts : photo SurfingQueensland.com.au
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 Australias 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 Laceys Lane - Currumbin, Queenslands 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, Queenslands top juniors laid the foundations to one day emulate their successors. Event standout and Gold Coast local Chris Bennetts persistently pushed the limits to convincingly win the blue ribbon under 18 boys 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 Laceys 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, Bennetts 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. 8s and 9s 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 boys division. Opening the final with a massive 9.5 ride and later consolidating with a perfect 10, Woods seamlessly left his fellow finalists to fight over minor placings.
A combined heat score of 19.5 was easily enough for Woods to defeat Lance Pirie (Mermaid beach), Tim MacDonald (Nth Stradbroke) and Thomas Woods (Coolangatta). Woods posted the events highest total combined heat score 19.60-points in his semi-final heat.
The under 18 girls finalists picked up where the boys left off, executing the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on Laceys peeling right-hand waves. At the completion of the heat, it was Tuguns 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 girls final, convincingly defeating Georgie Roach (Maroocyhdore) Dimity Stoyle (Buderim), Quincy Moore (Sunshine Coast) and Amy Hubbard (Currumbin) in the twenty-minute final.
Todays finals saw champions crowned in the under 16 boys and girls divisions, as well as in the blue ribbon under 18 boys and girls 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 surfers 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 SurfingQueensland.com.au
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 : - - Winters beautiful blue skies and serene conditions were no where to be seen, as a host of Queenslands 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 Laceys 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 boys and girls divisions, as well as the blue ribbon under 18 boys and girls divisions, showcasing the best cross section of surfing Queensland has to offer.
Alexandra Headlands Chris Friend quickly set the benchmark in the blue ribbon under 18 boys 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 boys 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. Friends final combined heat score of 18.4 proved to be todays highest and was easily enough to defeat Eli Jacobs (Bilinga), Jarrad Williams (Gold Coast) and Jerone Lee (Gold Coast).
The conditions werent 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 tomorrows finals.
Similarly, 17-year-old Rainbow Beach surfer Noah Lane was impressive in his under 18 boys round 1 heat. Lanes combined total of 15.6 was seamlessly enough to elevate him into tomorrows round 2 heats.
06 under 18 boys Surfing Queensland Grommet Challenge champion Josh Lee (Coolangatta) also faired well, convincingly winning his round 1 heat.
Todays 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 Queenslands 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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