SYDNEY, New South Wales/Australia (Sunday, August 15, 2010) – World qualification for the prestigious Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Junior Championship Series are at stake in this week’s final event to the ASP Australasian Junior Series at the Dripping Wet Pro Junior Men’s and Blue Kiss Pro Junior Women’s, both presented by Skullcandy, which will run at the world famous Manly surf beach beginning Thursday and running through to Sunday.
While this year’s ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series winners have been decided with Mitch Crews (Gold Coast) and Arini Mason (Cabarita/North NSW ) winning the respective divisions, the Dripping Wet and Blue Kiss will decide the final make-up of the Australian surfers who qualify for the World Championship events and an outstanding line-up of Australia’s top 20 year and under surfers are confirmed to compete.
Five pro junior men and two women will be qualified after the weekend and they’ll represent the Australasian region in Bali during October at the first of two ASP World Junior events that combine to decide the eventual ASP World Pro Junior Champion for 2010 – the second pro junior world championship event is at Narrabeen in January.
In the Dripping Wet Pro Junior local surfer Chris Salisbury will be super keen to utilize his local knowledge and overtake Chris Friend (Sunshine Coast) on the ratings and qualify – both surfers are presently in fifth and sixth position with little separating the pair and the likely outcome is who-ever does best at this final event will qualify.
ASP Australasia tour manager Dane Jordan commented on the situation saying “ It’s a critical event in Sydney – Chris Friend and Chris Salisbury will be anxious to do well and there’s quite a few other surfers just behind those two on the ratings who can jump them both!’
“The women’s is also super close with Sarah Mason looking for a good result to overtake WA surfer Felicity Palmeteer to qualify.”
Mitch Crews, the men’s number one seed has enjoyed an amazing pro junior season and he is keen to finish on the best possible note by winning and adding to his series title – “ It’s been a great year for me and to join surfers like Owen Wright, Adrian Buchan, Luke Munro, Joel Parkinson and many other standouts who have won this series is a real honour for me – Manly will be a fitting finish to the domestic year and I’m there to win and close out the season.”
The event begins Thursday with a period running through to Sunday to capitalise on the best surf.