Billabong Pro-Teen - Bells Beach
Retiring professional surfer Luke Egan (Gold Coast, Aus) confirmed from France that he will remain on as Contest Director of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championship as the nation’s top junior surfer’s battled chilly conditions at Bells Beach for a coveted berth in the world’s most prestigious U/20 tournament.
36 year-old Egan who has relished his role as Contest Director at North Narrabeen for the past two years was keen to continue on in the position adding to his new responsibility as Men’s Marketing Manager for Billabong Australia.
“I’m looking forward to the World Juniors,” said the powerful goofy footer. “I am still Contest Director even though now I will have some other roles in the event. Ever since Billabong put the event on at Narrabeen I have been the Contest Director.”
“I like to give the surfers at that event the feel of the WCT format. I’m looking forward to getting back into the world juniors on the 1st of January.”
With the final Billabong Pro-Teen Series deciding the four junior men and the top two junior girls to qualify for the championships organizers opted to wait it out for the new ground swell to appear at Bells before commencing day two of competition. Round two of the Billabong Girls kicked off just after noon in consistent one metre waves that continued to build throughout the afternoon. The swell is expected to further increase with all signs pointing to epic waves at Bells Beach by the weekend.
Sydney surfers Nicola Atherton (Bronte) and Lyndsay Noyes (Cronulla) will leave friendship on the sand when they paddle out to contest the third round of the Billabong Pro Teen Series girls division on Friday. The seeded pair will battle it out for the lone remaining Australasian U/20 position with Coogee’s Jesse Miley-Dyer already succeeding both the girls on ratings points and securing her berth in the championships.
19-year-old Atherton is well aware of the struggle she will face in order to surpass Noyes, who stands ahead on points and despite losing the ratings lead to Miley-Dyer mid way through the year, has been a clear standout in junior competition.
“I’m staying with a friend and not in the house with the other girls,” said Atherton. “I know it’s stressful for her, and it’s stressful for me, we’re fighting for the same spot and only one of us can get it. It’s a good friendly rivalry though.”
“If she beats me, then well done to her and I wish her all the best in the event, but at the end of the day if you got angry with every person that beat you, you wouldn’t have any friends. You just have to keep it in the water. I just don’t want to get too nervous and if I have a few good heats I will be happy.”
“I already know a lot of the American girls and South African girls who are coming out for the worlds and they are all top surfers,” said Atherton. “I know that there will be some of the best surfers in the world so if you get a result there you know you can mix it up.”
Progressing through to the third round to face top seeds Atherton, Noyes, Miley-Dyer and West Australian Jamie Wheatley in today’s second round was Airina Mason (Tugan), Tara Christie (Rochdale), Jemma Lenton (Sunshine Beach), Eliza Roberts (Lilly Pilly), Rebecca Oakley (Sunshine Beach), Lara Reading (Wallaby Point), Lauren McGregor (Palm Beach), Mischa Davis (NZ), Jessica Grimwood (Bateau Bay) and Amy Stewart (Jan Juc).
The Billabong Pro-Teen Series will be staged from Wednesday, September 28th to Sunday, October 2nd, offer $24,000 in total prize money and feature a 7A rated U/20 boys and a 4A rated U/20 girls division.
The Billabong Pro-Teen Series Bells Beach is sponsored by Panasonic, Vodafone, Coke, Kustom, Von Zipper and supported by Tracks, Geelong Advertiser, K-Rock, Surfing Victoria and ASP Australasia.
Live Scoring available www.billabong.com.au and www.surfingaustralia.com
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