Pat Curren: big hair, big barrel

Pat Curren has conquered the 10th Rip Curl GromSearch International final in the best conditions ever seen at Lakey Peak, in Dompu, Indonesia.

Pat Curren and Jacob Willcox traded overhead sized waves in an amazing final, with the Californian posting a total heat score of 19.63 points, that included a perfect 10 point ride, to hold off the Australian.

In one of the best Junior finals ever witnessed Curren and Willcox swapped the lead early until Curren took off on a solid set wave, pulled into a long, deep tubing wave and then added several critical turns to post a 10.

Willcox came back with four excellent waves himself, including a 9.47 for a heat total of 18.63, but couldn't hold off Curren who added a 9.63 for yet another sensational tube to stamp the win.

"I've never experienced waves like that in a competition before. Perfect barrels with ripable walls and 30 minutes to get the ones you want, it's just a dream to be here," says Curren.

Curren is the first Californian to ever win the Rip Curl GromSearch International final in its ten-year history.

In the Girls division, Brisa Hennessy defeated Isabella Nichols, in a nail biting final that showed the girls are progressing at a manic pace.

"This is easily one of the best comps I've ever been to, the waves were absolutely firing and everyone was ripping. It was a super close battle in the final, with Isabella on fire all day I knew I had to go big to take it out," added Hennessy.