GOLD COAST, Queensland/Australia (Friday, January 28, 2011) - With a junior surfing world record USD$25,000 first place prize on the line, Burleigh Heads local Thomas Woods spearheaded an Australian fight back on day-three of the Hurley Pro Junior as the event’s top seeds hit the water in the Round of 64
Held in rising 1m conditions at the primary site of Burleigh Heads on Queensland’s Gold Coast, competitors enjoyed the early signs of a new swell, which is expected to see wave heights dramatically increase into the weekend ahead of a stellar final on Sunday (January 30).
However it was Woods’ aerial approach which impressed both judges and spectators alike today, as the crowd favourite posted a combined two-wave heat total of 14.40 (out of a possible 20) to account for South Africa’s Beyrick De Vries (11.75) Sol Pereira-Ryan (Snapper Rocks, Qld – 10.95) and New Zealand’s Buck Woods (5.95) who finished second to fourth respectively.
“It’s always good to get your first heat out of the way, but I’m not getting too far ahead of myself as there is still a long way to go in the event,” said Woods.
“The forecast looks good into the weekend so we’ll see what the waves are like in the morning, but it’s always nice surfing your home break,” he said.
Another young Australian to impress on day-three was Matt Banting (Port Macquarie, NSW) who posted a combined two-wave heat score of 12.50 to defeat Mitchell James (Kingscliff, NSW – 8.75), South Australian Khai Adams (7.55) and Soli Bailey (Byron Bay, NSW – 7.00) who finished second to fourth respectively.
The Hurley Pro Junior is proudly supported by Hurley, Skull Candy, WAVES, Vertra, Coastalwatch, Surf Dive ‘n’ Ski, Red Bull, ASP Australasia and Surfing Queensland.
The event will be broadcast LIVE via www.hurleyprojnr.com on the final two days of competition (January 29 – January 30).
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The Hurley Pro Junior commenced January 26 and will conclude on January 30, 2011.