Nat Young: his name's a surf brand

The best world junior surfers are getting ready for the ASP World Junior Championships, set to Sydney’s North Narrabeen. The event’s waiting period begins on the 8th January 2011 and marks the final stop of the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour, right after the Bali stage.

The US surfer Nat Young, 19, is looking forward to fight for the victory. "Winning this event would be the biggest accomplishment of my life," Young said. "It’s all the best juniors in the world, so to win and be the World Junior Champ would be a dream come true".

Young will be facing the Australian challenge the way he sees ASP Prime competitions. "This event is definitely on the same scale as a Prime," Young said. "Every heat from the start could pretty much be a final and a lot of the top juniors in this event came close to qualifying for the World Tour".

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Panama: a great surfing country

The 2011  ISA World Surfing Games will be held in the beautiful waves of Panama, from June 25 through July 3, 2011. Both the ISA and Billabong are thrilled to announce the destination of next year's event after receiving several attractive bid options for 2011.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre stated, “The surf in Panama is exceptional, and after having great success with the Panama ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in 2010, we are eager to bring one of our feature World Championship events to the powerful waves and tropical weather of Panama. The ISA is looking forward to a great Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in 2011 at this surfer's paradise.”

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Matt Lewis-Hewitt: New Zealand surfing hero

For the first time in the history of New Zealand, a Kiwi surfer conquered an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event in Australia. The hero is Matt Lewis-Hewitt, a 19-year-old Mount Manganui surfer, who defeated Dean Bowen in the 0,5m waves of Jan Juc.

Lewis-Hewitt won the Championship Moves Pro Junior and kicks off 2011 in great shape. "It’s great to finally win one of these events. They are tough to win, all the surfers on this circuit are very experienced and talented athletes and coming into my last season, I was wondering if I’d ever really win one – now I have, I want confidence is up and to win the opening event of the season is ideal – I’ll aim high from now on", Matt said.

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