Kelly Norris and Jackson Giles: winner and runner-up are all smiles

Kelly Norris has taken out the inaugural 2014 Carve Pro Junior, at Maroubra Beach, Australia.


Norris managed to nail down the victory by a 1.67 point margin, against Jackson Giles, in tricky two-to-three foot waves.

"This is just an incredible feeling. The waves were really tough out there and Jackson is such a good competitor so it could have gone either way. Fortunately, I got one good wave and Jackson was too deep", says Norris.

"He's such a good surfer and I knew he had the hometown crowd behind him as well. I began to stress out in the final ten minutes of the heat after I took the lead and just hoped he didn’t get a wave".

Despite holding a home-court advantage, Jackson Giles was unable to steal the win when Norris locked in an impressive 7.27 wave score (out of a possible 10 points), but nevertheless Giles was still ecstatic with a second place finish.

"I wasn't expecting too much out of this event, so I'm pretty stoked to have made the final. I wanted to get a quick score on the board, but it didn«t really happen and I made a priority error and let him have one bomb-set which gave him the score to move into the lead", explains Jackson Giles.

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

2014 Carve Pro Junior Final:

Kelly Norris, 13.10 def. Jackson Giles, 11.43