Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior

22 Apr 2008 0 Share

Matt Neilsen will line-up in this year's Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior

Matt Neilsen will line-up in this year's Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior

Young Guns Set To Fire In Brothers Neilsen Po Junior

Gold Coast (Tuesday 22nd April, 2008): ALL roads will lead to Burleigh Heads next week with an all-star line-up of the world’s hottest pro junior surfers rolling into town for the $23,000 Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior.

Steeped in prestige, the Brothers Nielsen Pro is the eighth stop of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sanctioned Australasian Pro Junior Series and will see 132 of the finest 20-years and under boys surfers in the world going hammer-and-tong for glory.

Upcoming Mermaid Beach young gun, Matt Neilsen, will step up his campaign for an elusive pro junior crown when action commences on Monday 28th April, 2008 in the seven-star rated ASP Australasia event.

Neilsen, who is known for his big, powerful style, will feature in the top seeded round of the Burleigh event after receiving a prized wildcard spot.

The young talent will line-up in the tournament in an attempt to follow in the footsteps of his father and 1972 World Pro-Am champion, Paul Neilsen, and is keen to make a statement in the tunneling Burleigh barrels.

“Yeah, I'm really looking forward to surfing Burleigh and I'd be stoked to get good waves,” said Neilsen.

“Burleigh is one of the best breaks in the world when it's on. It offers high performance surfing and is good for getting hollow barrels which is what makes for a great contest."

A hot mix of internationals will take on Australia’s best including current Pro Junior ratings leader Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Head), Tahitian heavyweight Tamaroa McComb (Coolangatta), Straddie shredder Lincoln Taylor, Coolum super punter Julian Wilson, Boost Surf Sho winner Owen Wright (Culburra) and Valla Beach ripper Heath Joske.

Hot favourite Kennedy, who holds a massive 4000-points ratings lead heading into the tournament, is out to nab another win on this year’s series.

Hailing from the perfect waves on the NSW North coast, Kennedy surfs with aggression and flair, with elements of Mick Fanning in his surfing and a huge repertoire of progressive manoeuvres.

19-year-old Kennedy is sure to blow minds as he hones in on the 2008 Australasian Junior Series crown.

Teenage sensation McComb is expected to be amongst Kennedy’s top challengers. The 16-year-old has enjoyed an impressive run of results this year including a win in the trials of the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks in February along with trumping the country’s best junior to bag a win at Burleigh Head’s second Pro Junior in January.

Earlier this month, McComb posted a victory in world no.6 Joel Parkinson’s signature event and is hopeful of continuing the form next week.

The Coast’s biggest names have also entered including Nick Vasicek (Coolangatta), Blake Ainsworth (Coolangatta), Mitch Crews (Currumbin) and Chris Bennetts (Main Beach).

Adding to the event’s already high stakes is the inclusion of a three-star rated girls’ division following last year’s success. 32 of the country’s hottest female surfers including teen sensation and defending champion Sally Fitzgibbons (Gerroa, NSW) will battle it out for their share of the $3000 prize pool along with junior series glory on Queensland soil.

Hot local contenders in the girls' division includes the sister act Tiana and Bridey McNeven (Tugun), who are Team Australia and Qld Champions respectively.

The Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior will run from Monday 28th April to Sunday 4th May. The tournament offers a seven-day window for only 4 days of competition surfing.

The main contest site is Burleigh Heads but the event does have the option of going mobile to the best surf from Southport Spit to Duranbah.

Brothers Neilsen Surf stores were founded in Surfers Paradise in 1971 by brothers Paul and Rick Neilsen. They currently have 11 stores throughout Queensland.

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