Grommets Light Up Maroubra On Day Two Of The 2014 Carve Pro Junior And Ocean And Earth Teenage Rampage

19 Jan 2014 0 Share

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Day two of the 2014 Carve Pro Junior and the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage kicked off today in two-to-three foot north-easterly peaks at Maroubra Beach.

The two events saw 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 battled it out in the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage.

After a stellar performance in round one of the Carve Pro Junior yesterday, Luke Hynd (Burleigh Heads, Qld) was unable to mirror the same performance in the round of 32 and was knocked from the event by Kelly Norris (Sunshine Coast, Qld) and Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA) who took first and second respectively.

"It's a bit annoying to be knocked from the event," said Hynd. "I really wanted to do well in this comp and hopefully take it out. I'll shift my focus to the next event now."

Cooper Chapman (Narrabeen, NSW) continued to impress both the judges and spectators in the Carve Pro Junior, performing an eclectic mix of powerful frontside manoeuvres which netted him two crucial heat wins across his round of 32 and round of 16 heats. The natural-footer will face Louis Gillick in tomorrow's quarterfinals.

"It's good to get the opportunity to move into the man-on-man heats," said Chapman. "It was one of my goals to move past the four-man heats and get a bit of practice in. The waves were pretty average in the afternoon, but it's good to surf in waves like that, as the ocean can throw anything at you really. All the guys in that heat are awesome surfers and have the ability to get big scores in waves like this."

After a solid match-up in the round of 32, Johnnie Keith (Blue Bay, NSW), charged hard out of the gates and took down an in-form Jackson Giles (Maroubra, NSW), Kalani Ball (Stanwell Park, NSW) and Jeames Young (Angourie, NSW) in the round of 16 in the Carve Pro Junior. The talented natural-footer adapted seamlessly to the conditions and was able to notch up a heat total of 11.96 (out of a possible 20) to move through to tomorrow's man-on-man quarterfinals.

"I'm really stoked with that result," said Keith. "It came down to the wire really, so I'm just really happy that I managed to hold down the lead until the hooter went. My gameplan was to just catch anything I could as the conditions were pretty similar to my hometown beach, so I felt pretty comfortable out there. After I got to the quarterfinals of the Piping Hot Surf Festival at Bells recently I really just wanted to back it up with another quarterfinal finish, so I'm stoked I was able to get there."

An obscure board selection proved to be the secret weapon for Kelly Norris (Sunshine Coast, Qld) in the round of 16 in the Carve Pro Junior. The stocky natural-footer opted to ride a board with substantial girth, which enabled him to link together difficult sections and adapt effortlessly to the conditions. As a result, Norris was able to notch up multiple scores in excess of six points over the course of both his heats.

"The waves are pretty challenging out there, but the board I'm riding is perfect," said Norris. "The board has around 33 litres volume and my shaper told me to ride it if the waves were a little tricky. I took the gamble and fortunately the move paid off. My goal now is to hopefully make it into the semi-finals."

The Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage saw a hoard of Australia's best up-and-coming (Under-16 and Under-13) surfers competing in the tricky conditions when heats kicked off today alongside the Carve Pro Junior.

Lennox Chell (Avoca, NSW) made light work of the conditions successfully linking together a chain of backhand snaps that saw him rewarded with a 15.83 heat total in his Under-13 Boys heat. As a result Lennox booked his place in tomorrow's quarterfinals.

Fellow Central Coast surfer Jackson Roberts (Bateau Bay, NSW) bought his A-game to his Under-13 Boys heat nabbing himself a 9.33 ride for a righthander that allowed multiple forehand cracks. The natural-footer will also move through to tomorrow's quarterfinals.

Other heat winners in the Under-13 Boys included Keanu Miller (Bulli, NSW), Connor Lee (Redhead, NSW), Joel Vaughan (Bateau Bay, NSW) and Jay Brown (Lilli Pilli, NSW).

Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW) and Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW), both engaged in one of the standout heats of the competition when the two locked in a dual to claim first position. When the 20-minute heat had run its course it was Macy who got the win by less than half a point with a heat total of 14.17 to Alyssa's heat total of 14.06.

Tomorrow's event will kick off with the quarterfinals of the 2014 Carve Pro Junior.

The 2014 Carve Pro Junior is a new ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series event, which is factored into the three-day Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage.

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

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

UPCOMING CARVE PRO JUNIOR QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS

HEAT ONE
Cooper Chapman vs. Louis Gillick

HEAT TWO
Jacob Wilcox vs. Kelly Norris

HEAT THREE
Johnnie Keith vs. Matty King

HEAT FOUR
Jackson Giles vs. Jared Hickle

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