Grommets Shine On Day One Of The 2014 Carve Pro Junior And Ocean And Earth Teenage Rampage At Maroubra

17 Jan 2014 0 Share

The 2014 Carve Pro Junior and Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage made their joint debut together today in windy two-to-three foot peaks at Maroubra.

The two events saw over 100 competitors compete on the first day with some of Australia’s best junior surfers fighting for valuable ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series points in the Carve Pro Junior, while some of Australia’s most promising under-16 year-olds duked it out in the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage.

In the Carve Pro Junior, Cooper Chapman (Narrabeen, NSW) got off to a flying start early in a morning, successfully linking together a chain of frontside turns on long right-handers. The talented natural-footer managed to knock current Australasian Pro Junior Series leader Soli Bailey (Byron Bay, NSW) down into second spot in the process with a heat total of 11.80 (out of a possible 20 points).

“It feels really good to get that first heat win for the year,” said Chapman. “This event is perfect practice for the Australian leg of the World Tour. It was a really good experience to surf against Soli. He’s leading the ratings at the moment and he looks like a real contender to take out the whole series, so it’s a great feeling to get a win against him.”

Luke Hynd (Burleigh Heads, Qld), showed his eclectic repertoire over the course of his Carve Pro Junior round one heat attempting several aerials and frontside reverses. The Burleigh Heads goofy-footer took down a star-studded lineup, which included Riley Laing (North Entrance, NSW), Harrison Steele (Wollongong, NSW) and Sandon Whittaker (Avoca, NSW) to claim a convincing victory in his first heat.

“I felt really good going out there,” said Hynd. “The waves were fun, the water was warm and the day is nice and sunny, so I just really went out there with the intention of having fun. When I got that 8.00 ride (out of a possible 10 points) straight away, I knew I had the rest of the heat to get another good score so I just decided to go for a few airs. I just really hope the waves continue to build over the weekend. My goal is to win a Junior Series event over the course of the year and hopefully finish in the top five.”

Local knowledge came into play when Monty Tait (Maroubra, NSW) successfully nabbed himself a 15.67 heat total – the highest of the day over the Carve Pro Junior. The natural-footer and local favourite continued to build on the momentum that saw him finish runner-up in the 2013 Australian Junior Surfing Titles when he edged an in-form Matty King (Ulladulla, NSW) into second position.

“I’m really happy overall,” said Tait. “I’ve been training pretty hard lately and to get a win in the first heat just feels amazing. Having a comp at home is about as good as it gets. I didn’t go out in the heat with any sort of gameplan. I just knew what I had to line up with and I stuck with it.”

Following an impressive performance at the recent 2014 Piping Hot Surf Festival in Victoria, Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA) proceeded to use his lethal backhand repertoire to nab himself a convincing heat victory with a total of 14.90 points in the Carve Pro Junior. The talented goofy-footer performed a flurry of eclectic backside hits to book his spot in the second round.

“The waves were pretty tricky out there, but there was the odd righthander coming through that allowed for a few turns,” said Wilcox. “I’m just happy to get off to a good start this year. Hopefully I can keep the momentum going over the rest of 2014.”

The 2014 Carve Pro Junior marks the second stop on the 2014 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series.

In the 2014 Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage, some of Australia’s best under-16 surfers went blow-for-blow in the Maroubra peaks with a high number of surfers locking in impressive scores.

Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW), mirrored the same form that saw her take out the 2013 Australian Junior Surfing Titles when she took out her Under-16 Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage heat. The pint-sized natural-footer performed well beyond her years throwing down an array of powerful frontside and backside turns. As a result Macy booked her spot in the second round.

Harley Ross-Webster (Curl Curl, NSW) took dual wins across his Carve Pro Junior heat and his Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage heats. The Northern Beaches surfer showed excellent style, flair and power to lock in a heat total of 12.10 in the latter competition.

Sandon Whittaker (Avoca, NSW) and Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW) engaged in an exciting battle when the two exchanged multiple high-scoring waves in their Under-16 Boys heat. Both surfers locked in scores in excess of seven points, however it was Luke who claimed the victory with a heat total of 16.67 points.

All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.

For more information on the event check out carveprojunior.com.au

All results from the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage will be posted to surfingnsw.com.au by 6.30 pm tonight.

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