- 04 October 2009 | Surfing
Perth Standlick (Bondi, NSW) today capped off a remarkable week of competition, winning the Billabong Pro Junior Bells Beach in big, testing conditions.
Having seen the best junior surfers in Australasia converge on the famed stretch of coast for the final event of the 2009 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series, the Billabong Pro Junior Bells Beach saw some amazing performances in massive seas.
None more impressive was the actions of Standlick who mastered the three metre waves en-route to his first ever ASP Australasian Pro Junior title.
“I’m over the moon,” an elated Standlick said. “It’s been a long time coming, so I’m going to enjoy this one for some time to come.”
Having had a disjointed year marred through injury and missed contests, Standlick was relieved to have finally achieved his dream.
“It’s been such a crazy year with injury and the like,” he said. “But, to finally win one – it’s amazing!”
Defeating Davey Cathels (North Narrabeen, NSW) in a tightly-fought affair, Standlick accrued a massive 14.50 (out of a possible 20) to Cathels’ 10.25.
Going blow-for-blow, the two combatants put on a great show in front of a gallery of spectators.
Having been the standout all week, Standlick was awarded the final title of the 2009 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series thanks to the help of local knowledge and nous.
“I’ve been coming down to Bells for some time now,” Standlick said. “So I feel comfortable out here, but staying with the Bell-Warren’s and other local guys has definitely been the catalyst for this performance.”
Enjoying the bigger conditions, Standlick was relieved to finally contest an event in challenging waves.
“I love surfing when it gets big,” he admitted. “It relaxes me and makes me feel comfortable in my surfing knowing I don’t have to hassle for waves.”
Having been in amazing form throughout the event, including a perfect 10-point ride in the quarter-final yesterday, Cathels was disappointed to have fallen short of the crown.
“It’s disappointing, but that’s surfing,” Cathels said. “I felt good, but I think I surfed my final yesterday.”
Despite finishing second, not all is lost for Cathels who finished third on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior ratings guaranteeing him a spot in the Billabong ASP World Junior Titles.
“Yeah I’m stoked with qualifying,” he said. “Surfing against all the best junior’s in the world at my home break will be unreal.”
Joining Cathels will be Owen Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) and Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW), who finished first and second respectively on the ratings, with Christopher Friend (Alexandra Headland, QLD) and Garrett Parkes (Suffolk Park, NSW) bringing up the final two places for the Australian team.
In the female side of the draw Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW) and Tyler Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) filled in the two spots thanks to their superior years on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series.