Globe Pro Junior Teams Challenge

18 Nov 2005 0 Share

Eighteen of Australia's top boardriding clubs are on the Gold Coast set to battle it out to for $20 000 in prizemoney with the winning club taking a whopping $10 000 in prizemoney at this years Globe Pro Junior Teams Challenge.

Excellent representation across Australia's premier surf regions sees numerous clubs from both the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast along with clubs through Northern NSW, Sydney (North and south beaches) and southern NSW to ensure an outstanding weekend of action at the famous Burleigh Point.

While surfing competitions are generally all about individuals competing for themselves, the club and team aspect of the sport has steadily grown over the past five years .

Defending champions are local Gold Coast club Snapper Rocks and they will again go into this event as the favourites. Leading Snapper Rocks surfer Brent Dorrington (Coolangatta) called into Burleigh Heads today to meet with the Fiji surf team who are included in this years event as a special invitee team.

A nervous yet excited Dorrington is typical of all boardriding club team members when it comes to representing the club and said " It's definitely harder surfing for the club than surfing a normal competition. More responsablity and you really can't afford to make a mistake because you'll be letting the team down - particuarly with all the money, which, if we win, goes into development programs across the entire club, so we really want to win!"

This years unique teams format will see the event start with all eighteen clubs surfing against each other through the 14 heats in round one. The top nine clubs go through to round two and three until four clubs remain in contention. With the top four clubs decided a final is held with each club choosing one surfer to surf that four man final to decide the winning team for 2005!

Snapper team rider Shaun Harrington commented on the format by saying - "That is amazing that it will get down to a four man final with one member going in to represent the club and try and win the $10 000 - the pressure on that guy will be incredible! It's sudden death surfing in that final! I'm not sure I want to be in that position!"

There are some exceptional pro junior surfers representing their clubs including Le Ba ( Lennox Ballina's) Adam Melling, Pt Lookout's (Stradbroke Island's ) Lincoln Taylor, Coolum Boardriders Julian Wilson, Queenscliff (Manly) Sam Page and Kirra's Dale Richards.

The Fijian Surf team spent all today familiarizing themselves with the local waves and team coach Matia Waqa commented on the opportunity to surf in this event by saying - " It will be a great experience for our boys. They are all very good surfers and to surf against Australia's best will only make them better. I'm not promising anything, but I am sure our boys will do Fiji proud. It's an honour for us to be here and the local chiefs at home are especially proud of our boys coming here to surf!"

Defending champions Snapper copped a surprise injury two days ago when Dean Harrington broke a bone in his foot after he landed awkedly doing an aerial move. Dean was a certain starter in the team but on crutches today at Burleigh with a severely swollen foot there's no chance he'll take his place and commented " It's disappointing for sure, team surfing is always a lot of fun but I'll be out of the water for a while. There's a break in there and the doctors were considering operating but have decided to let it settle and hopefully not operate. Hopefully I'm back in the water next month!"

The event begins tomorrow morning at 8am at Burleigh Heads with a full day of surfing which will bring the field down from 18 clubs to nine clubs. Sunday will see the final nine clubs compete through to the finals with the event set to finish around 2pm on Sunday.

While the surfing will be amazing, the action will continue on the beach with two day’s of free open air rock concerts complimenting the surfing .

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