CRONULLA, New South Wales/Australia (Monday, April 5, 2010) – It was an action-packed Day 3 of the ASP Grade-4 Geared Pro Junior as the international contingent shone brightest at Cronulla.
Greeted with an increase in swell and some great conditions, Australasia’s best junior competitors were tested as board’s broke and a bevy of big scores were posted in front of a large, Easter Monday, crowd.
Seeing the likes of Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW) and Jordin Watson (Currarong, NSW) falling in the round of 32, it was the international competitors who stole the spotlight.
Matt Lewis-Hewitt (New Zealand) was one such benefactor of the improved conditions, reveling at the break affectionately named “The Alley”.
“I’m looking for a big result to climb myself into the top five,” he stated after posting a total heat score of 12.00 (out of a possible 20).
“This wave is similar to my home break, so I feel quite confident in these punchy conditions.”
However, luck wasn’t always on his side as he broke his board mid-heat.
“I looked up and saw it bobbing around in-front of me,” he said with a smile.
Luckily for Lewis-Hewitt he used it to his advantage and continued his march to the next round.
“It can either be good or bad, I just focused more on the scores I needed and tried to remain as calm as possible. But, it can ratted you and be a massive disadvantage.”
16-year-old Indonesian Oni Anwar was also in sparkling form, taking down the prized scalp of Bowen.
Surfing in his first Australian based Pro Junior event, Onwar has exceeded his own expectations with his win today.
“I’m stoked,” he said. “This is by far my best ever result and I’m happy to be surfing in Cronulla for the first time.”
Not to be outshone was the likes Garrett Parkes (Suffolk Parkes, NSW) who posted the highest heat score of the day with a blistering 14.50 (out of a possible 20).
Parkes, Jack Freestone (Coolangatta, NSW), Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW) and Davey Cathels (North Narrabeen,NSW) all marched through to the next round of competition with tradesman like performances.
Running in conjunction with Geared.com.au, an online magazine aimed at helping young people get their licence and become safe and competent drivers, the RTA Slow Down Pledge ‘pods’ for people to take an oath against getting into a car with speeding drivers were on display in Dunningham Park.
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The Geared Pro Junior will take place from 3 April – 7 April 2010.