VICTOR HARBOUR, South Australia/Australia (Sunday, July 18, 2010) - Felicity Palmeteer (WA/Hillaries/Perth) won her third Association of Surfing Professionals Pro Junior event of the year taking out today’s Fantastic Noodles Pro Junior in good 1m surf at Middleton Beach.
In a see-sawing high scoring and close final Palmeteer won on a final score of 15.00 out of a possible 20 to Airini Mason (Gold and Tweed Coast/Qld) on 14.65.
“It’s been a great year for me and to win three of these events is quite surprising as I’m combining World Qualifying Series events as well,” said Palmeteer.
“It was an exciting final out there today with the lead changing and toward the end I was nervous as Arini tried to chase down the score – It was a relief when the siren sounded and it was over.”
Mason looked set to control the final early when she posted an excellent 8.6 ride which was the highest scoring ride in the final but she was unable to back that score up with a decent required second scoring ride while Palmeteer caught an 8 and 7 point rides to secure the win.
Today’s final had a major bearing on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Women’s ratings with Arini Mason displacing her sister Sarah in number one spot while Palmeteer has jumped to second and Sarah Mason now third.
With one event remaining on the series in Sydney next month and only two surfers from the ratings qualifying for the ASP World Junior Championship Series which s in October, the ratings race in this division is tight.
Mason was disappointed but philosophical about her result.
“I’ve had two wins and now two seconds this season so I’m really well positioned to qualify for the ASP World Junior Series so that’s good but then to be so close to winning today I’m sort of disappointed – I chased that second ride score but kept coming up just short of the required 6.7 score,” said Mason.
Equal third today was Philippa Anderson (Newle) who went down to Mason in her semi-final and Codie Kline (Kingscliff/NSW) who was defeated in her semi final by Palmeteer.
This 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 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.
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 is being streamed live at www.fantasticsurfing.com.au