Jake Sylvester: snap to victory

Jake Sylvester has claimed Burton Toyota Pro Junior 2013, at Surfest, Newcastle, Australia.


Sylvester defeated 15-year-old Kanoa Igarashi, from Huntington Beach, to claim the crown for the second time, in half-to-one metre waves at Merewether beach.

In his last appearance in a Pro Junior in Australia, the 20-year-old natural-footer saved his best for last, racking up the entire event's highest heat score with the 18.5 tallied in the final.

"It's awesome. I feel amazing. Kicking off with that nine and then backing it up with another one was huge. I felt really comfortable towards the end with those two scores. It's so good to win at home in front of friends and family, says Sylvester.

Ellie-Jean Coffey, from Cowes, defeated ASP Junior Women's world champion Nikki Van Dijk.

"It feels really good to win here this year after getting second last year. Having the priority system is really good because you can pick your waves wisely", she said.

In the Sanbah Cadet Cup, Avoca Beach's Sandon Whittaker won the Under 14 division, Margaret River's Jacob Willcox took the Under 16 final and Caringbah's Paris Whittaker won the Girl's division.