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Mitch Crews claims the Chiko Pro Junior at Newcastle

Mitch Crews : photo  Andy Larkman

Burton Toyota Surfest

Chiko Pro Junior

Grade 2M Men's Pro Junior
Grade 1W Women's Pro Junior
Newcastle, New South Wales
9 - 14 March 2010

Crews takes ASP Australasian Pro Junior tour ratings lead

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 March, 2010 : - - Merewether, Newcastle New South Wales -- ASP Australasian Pro Junior tour rankings leader Mitch Crews from Currumbin has won the grade two international Chiko Pro Junior held at Newcastle beach. The affable Queenslander defeated North Narrabeen's Davey Cathels in a closely contested final that saw Crews get home by a margin of just over two points.

The difference between the surfers was the nine-pointer Crews was awarded for consistently smashing a right-hander and working the re-formed wave all the way through to the beach. Cathels nearly matched it when a big aerial maneuver saw the North Narrabeen natural-footer have an eight etched on the tally-sheet.

Once again contest organisers had to move the contest from Merewether beach to Newcastle beach due to the north swell direction. Crews was up early this morning and by 6.30am he "had a feeling" that the contest would be at Newcastle beach. "Newcastle was awesome. There was a lot of people there watching and the waves were two feet and consistent in the final and it was great fun," he said.

Crews showed a shrewd wave selection ability in the north-easterly affected swell. "Davey and me are pretty close to the same level of ability and recent results reflect that. "He's more stylish than me but I'm more aggressive and that's worked for me today," he said. "But we are sure to meet up again plenty of times and both of us are happy to push each other in the water," Crews said.

Crews will contest the 4-star Burton Toyota Pro in Newcastle this week and is likely to meet Cathels again later this month at the Pakumotu Pro Junior in Tahiti. In the girls event, an interference call on world junior champion Laura Enever in the first five minutes of her final with Kiwi Arini Mason meant Enever was always going to find it difficult to take the trophy.

The North Narrabeen world champ seemed dispirited after the interference call, and it was pretty much a one-way street for Mason to be on top of the judges' sheets when siren sounded. Enever was disappointed at  herself for making such a rookie error in a Pro Junior final.

But she was humbly apologetic at the presentation and appeared genuinely sorry for dropping in when Mason had priority. "I'm really sorry for dropping in, Arini," she said at the presentation. "I didn't think she was going to go for it and so I just went. I don't know what I was thinking," Enever said.

But Mason didn't seem to mind one little bit. "No worries, that's okay," Mason said with a smile. And why wouldn't she be smiling?

The 20-year-old, whose hails from Gisborne on New Zealand's east coast, had just knocked over a recently crowned world champ and had totally out-surfed her in the final of an ASP Australasian Pro Junior - regardless of the interference call. "I'd really like to thank my Dad for being here today. He hasn't been to many contests with me," the Bogangar (NSW) based Kiwi surfer said at the presentation.

In the Sanbah Cadet Cup under-14 division, Josh Szele from the Central Coast squeezed past Teague Robinson from Shell Harbour by one-fifth of a point.  In the Sanbah Cadet Cup under-16 division, Cooper Chapman from Narrabeen easily outclassed his opponents with a powerful display of modern surfing.

Results of the Sanbah Cadet Cup

Sanbah Cup U/14
1. Josh Szele (11.35) Warilla, NSW
2. Teague Robinson (11.15) Avoca Beach, NSW
3. Jackson Baker (10.35) Merewether, NSW
4. Liam Mortenson (4.85) Avalon, NSW

Sanbah Cup U/16
1. Cooper Chapman (16.00) North Narrabeen, NSW
2. Zac Scott (9.45) Cronulla, NSW
3. Jake Scott (6.85) Malabar, NSW
4. Ryan Hunt (4.85) Wallabi Point, NSW

The 2010 Burton Toyota Surfest  (March 2-14) is based at Merewether beach in Newcastle, New South Wales. It has attracted more than 650 competitors from 12 different countries. The main event is the WQS 4-star $US85,000 Burton Toyota Pro (March 10-14).

Previous reports:
# 1 :
Burton Family Toyota signs on with Newcastle’s Surfest
# 2 :
Occy gets arty, celebrates Oz artist John Earle at Surfest
# 3 : Russell Maloney wins Employment Plus Indigenous Clsc

# 4 : New South Wales Fire Brigade fights for win at Surfest
# 5 : Mark Richards to open Burton Toyota Surfest art exhibit
# 6 : Local knowledge boosts Callinan's hopes at Chika Pro Jr

# 7 : Jake Sylvester standout Day 2 of Surfest's Chiko Pro Jr
# 8 : Crews & Cathels eyeing a close finish at Chiko Pro Jr

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