NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND, Queensland/Australia(Monday, February 8, 2010) – 140 of the world’s best professional junior surfers are set to invade the pristine North Stradbroke Island (Queensland, Australia) for the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-5 Oakley Pro Junior.
Running from February 9-13 and held in the famous waves surrounding North Stradbroke Island, the Oakley Pro Junior is the first stop of Oakley’s international junior surfing series, which is grown to become one of the most notable in the world.
This week’s Australasia event will spearhead 2010′s Oakley Pro junior series, which includes competitions in South Africa, USA, Brazil, Japan, and Europe – culminating in Bali with the Oakley ASP World Junior Event, which has just been confirmed as part of the brand new ASP World Junior Tour (WJT).
Now in its fourth year, the Australasian Oakley Pro Junior is one of the richest and most prestigious professional junior surfing events in the world and the event’s lineup reflects that.
Headlining the competition will be local star and current ASP Australasia Junior Men’s ratings leader Mitch Crews (Currumbin, Qld), as well as fellow Queenslander Chris Friend (Alex Headland, Qld), Davey Cathels (Narrabeen, NSW), Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW) and a host of internationals including Chad Du-Toit (South Africa) and Nat Young (USA) to name just a few.
Top competitors from this week’s event will qualify for the October’s Oakley ASP World Junior Event (Bali), where they will compete for their share in the world’s richest junior surfing prize-pool of $75,000.
Visit www.oakleyprojunior.com for news, photos and updates relating to the 2010 Oakley Pro Junior.
The Oakley Pro Junior will commence February 9 and conclude on February 13, 2010.
2010 ASP Australasian Junior Men’s Series Ratings
1. Mitch Crews (Currumbin, QLD) – 6490 points
2. Chris Friend (Alexandra Headland, QLD) – 5930 points
3. Davey Cathels (Narrabeen, NSW) – 5420 points
4. Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW) – 5000 points
5. Chris Salisbury (Newport, NSW) – 4400 points