PORT NOARLUNGA, South Australia/Australia (Tuesday, July 6, 2010) – South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula is gearing up to play host to the third annual Fantastic Noodles Pro Junior, July 15 – 18th. The event forms a crucial leg of the ASP Australasian Pro Junior circuit whereby professional surfers aged under 21 compete for points and prize money in a bid to become the Australasian Junior Champion and ultimately the ASP World Junior Champion.
The event carries an ASP Grade-5 boys rating and Grade-2 girls rating, and offers a stunning $36,000 prize pool, making the annual competition this years highest boys and girls combined event on the ASP Pro Junior Australasian circuit.
Since the inaugural Fantastic Noodles Pro Junior was held in South Australia’s Victor Harbor in 2008, the event has attracted an all-star of competitors. Surfers who have previously taken part in the event include the likes of World Tour surfer Owen Wright, current ASP Womens World Tour Surfer Paige Hareb, both of whom have won the event, and also World Qualifying Series surfer Stuart Kennedy, meaning the Fantastic Noodles Pro Junior Crown is highly sought after. Surfers making the pilgrimage to South Australia this year will no doubt have their work cut out for them if they are to succeed in attaining the esteemed honor of being d champion.
2010 has seen an exciting first half of the series for tour competitors, and the surfer currently holding the top spot is Currumbin surfer Mitch Crews, holding off Davey Cathels from Narrabeen. Both surfers will be competing in Victor Harbor this year, as will another one hundred other junior surfers, all vying for valuable ratings points coming into the business end of the 2010 season. As the event is the only one on the series held in South Australia, the local surfers are enthusiastic and looking forward to the opportunity to compete in local waters.
Max Longhurst of Port Elliott is one such surfer and is especially excited.
“It is really exciting when the Pro Junior comes into town,” he says.
“Once a year the best junior surfers in Australia flock into town, and it really creates a buzz. I know all the local surfers are keen to show they can cut it with the east-coast guys, myself included.”
Considering the significant history of Fantastic events in previous years, including the unprecedented Intense Wave Invitational in 2009, Fantastic have set the bar high for the 2010 pro junior competition.
The Fantastic Noodles Pro Junior will be held in Victor Harbor from the 15th until the 18th of July, and needless to say, will be an event that one can not afford to miss, surfers and spectators alike.
For the third year running the Fantastic Noodles Pro Junior organisers have decided to undertake a full Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions analysis and to commit to offsetting 100% of its associated emissions.
These efforts to reduce its impact on climate change are a clear demonstration of the Fantastic Pro Juniors commitment to environmental sustainability. The Fantastic Noodles Pro Juniors organisers are partnering with Balance Carbon Pty Ltd to analyse the GHG emission generating activities associated with the event. Surfing SA, event managers have also committed to offsetting 100% of the audited emissions to achieve a zero net emission footprint or as more commonly referred, “carbon neutral”.
For more information, visit balancecarbon.com/event
The event will be streamed live at www.fantasticsurfing.com.au