JAN JUC, Victoria/Australia (Tuesday, January 5, 2010) – Australia’s top Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Pro Junior men surfers dominated Round 2 of the Quiksilver Jetty Surf Pro Junior held in uneven 1m surf at Jan Juc Beach on Victoria’s Surfcoast.
No. 1 seed Dean Bowen (Gerroa/South Coast NSW) lead the charge with a very precise and powerful backhand performance to post the day’s highest scoring heat tally of 14.40, which included an excellent 8.05 out of a possible 10 ride.
“It feels good to be back in competition mode and get that first heat out of the way” said Bowen. “It’s a very busy few months ahead of me with this event followed by the ASP World Junior Championships next week then a series of Pro Junior and ASP World Qualifying Series events after that – I have trained hard coming into this period and also have my surfboards really well sorted so I feel well prepared and I’m really just keen to do well.”
Just as impressive today was No. 2 seed Davey Cathels (Narrabeen/Sydney), who also spoke of a similar serious professional approach to his surfing career after he easily advanced through his Round 2 heat.
“The last few months I have trained harder than ever in my life,” Cathels said. “I’ve worked out with Chris Davidson and the Sydney Institute of Sport and now the competitive season is off and running I’m focused on surfing. I’ve set my goals for the year and one of them is to win the Australasian Pro Junior Series.”
International surfers were also prominent today – South Africa’s Michael February (Cape Town) and French surfer Maxime Huscenot both advancing to Round 3.
February is just 16 years of age and is surfing the Australian events to gain experience.
“There’s so many events here in Australia and the standard is outstanding so it’s really good for me to mix it with these surfer,” February said. “I’m here for a few months and I’m hoping the experience makes me a stronger all round competitor.”
Others to impress today included Wade Carmichael (Central Coast NSW), Ty Watson (Sth Coast NSW), Eli Jacobs (Gold Coast Qld) , Mitch Crews (Gold Coast/Currumbin) and Perth Standlick (Bondi/Sydney).
With two days of competitive surfing remaining, the Quiksilver Jetty Surf Pro Junior heads into the serious end tomorrow with ASP Pro Junior Women’s finals scheduled to be run tomorrow morning along with Rounds 3 and 4 of the ASP Pro Junior Men’s division.
Onshore winds today look set to maintain good waves at Jan Juc Beach and tomorrow will see plenty of action in the water and in the car park with the event providing some great bands and live music to compliment the surfing.