Mick Fanning free surfs during the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters Trials 

The finalists for this year’s Red Bull Junior Surf Masters Final presented by Mick Fanning were decided in clean contestable surf at North Cronulla today, with just ten of the 24 qualifiers advancing into the main event tomorrow.

Attended by 2009 ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (Tweed Heads, NSW), the trials saw determined performances from Australia’s top emerging junior surfers with Tamaroa McComb (Coolangatta, QLD), Noah Lane (Rainbow Beach, QLD), Ty Watson (Currorong, NSW), Dane Atchison (Copacabana, NSW), Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW), David Vlug (NSW), Mitch Crews (QLD), Brett Burcher, Sam Lendrum (Nords Wharf, NSW) and Jake Sylvester (Coolangatta, QLD) advancing into the main event.

Competing in grueling 70 minute heats, the ten advancing surfers outclassed the competition to avoid elimination in the unique ‘Torched’ format that saw the lowest scoring surfer eliminated from the event in 25, 20, and 10 minute intervals, until just two surfers remained.

Conceptualised by Fanning himself, the event is the only one of its kind to utilise this format, presenting a new challenge to young competitors.

“I like that it’s only one wave counting so there’s no time to sit there and try and tap it all the way to the beach, you have to go all out on every wave ” explained Fanning. “This is definitely a stepping stone for the WQS and the kids really seem to be enjoying the contest and the new format and that’s our goal.”

Tahitian born surfer Tamaroa McComb set the benchmark for the day’s performances, emerging as the top scorer with his incredible 9.75 ride (out of a possible ten) to earn the first of the day’s slots into the main event.

“I’m stoked I made it, it was pretty hard and I’m feeling really tired now,” said McComb. “It definitely gets better heat by heat as you warm up and I was just making sure I went on waves I could do three maneuvers on.”

Werri Beach Red Bull Surf Masters top qualifier Ty Watson maintained his recent winning form to advance in first place during the second heat of the day ahead of Dane Atcheson and shared McComb’s sentiments.

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Dion Atkinson 

It was another day of intense competition for the Azores Islands Pro, fifteen heats being completed in four foot (1.2 meter) tricky conditions where patience and heat tactics made a clear difference. While the event moved into its last twenty-four-man round today after completing Round 3, some exciting clashes took place at Ribeira Grande as the number of potential title contenders dropped again from fourty-eight to twenty-two. As two days only remain before the first ever Azores Islands Pro champion is crowned, the weekend showdown is already guaranteed to deliver world-class levels of surfing.

While current ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) leaders were advancing easily through to Round 4 of competition, elite ASP Top 45 members Heitor Alves (BRA), Aritz Aranburu (EUK), Nic Muscroft (AUS) and Drew Courtney (AUS) were all eliminated. Leaving no chance to their opponents today were much expected surfers Jadson Andre (BRA) and Dion Atkinson (AUS), the two men ruling proceedings with the best heat results of the day to advance through their respective battles.

Jadson Andre (BRA), 19, a surfing prodigy that appeared on the international stage last year, struck again today to secure his Round 4 berth with a solid 15.76 point total ahead of Yadin Nicol (Western Australia, AUS). Andre, renowned for his spectacular progressive surfing, popped up a couple of flying maneuvers to set pace during his thirty-minute game posting an 8.17 point ride to seal the deal and find himself amongst the last twenty contenders for the crown.

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Wildcard Pro Surfing 

Excited by the iPhone platform, the team at TG have steered away from traditional mobile games development to focus on the breakthrough format and are about to release their debut title 'Wildcard Pro Surfing'

Do you have what it takes to be crowned Pro Surfing Tour World Champion?

You take control of amateur surfer Jonny Carver who has been given the ultimate opportunity to further his surfing career, the chance to score a Wildcard entry into this years Pro Tour. Impress the judges during this Wildcard event and you will find yourself touring the worlds best breaks and competing against the pro surfing elite with the ultimate aim of being crowned world champion!

SURF AMAZING LOCATIONS:

As you progress through the competition you will visit various breaks and locations around the globe including Norway, Mexico, USA and Australia. One minute you might be busting an aerial maneuver above a 6 foot beach break in Mexico and the next you could find yourself pitted deep inside a 12 foot monster barrel 20 miles off the west coast of the USA. Win all events in a single season to unlock a secret location where the sky is the limit!

PERFORM SPECTACULAR TRICKS:

With over 1000 different trick combinations available you will constantly discover new and rewarding ways to score points. Combine Airs, Indy Grabs, Tail Grabs, Rodeo Flips, Kickflips, Heelflips, Shuvits, Alley Oops, Double Flips, Fins Out, Carving Style, Barrels and more to achieve maximum scores.

RIDE THE BARREL:

Stall in the pit of a 13 foot monster reef break and ride the barrel long enough to experience the sudden rush of adrenaline as the wave blows you out in a cloud of mist. Emerging from the depths with arms raised high as you bask in the glory of a perfect tube ride. Don't let the wave consume you or you will feel the wrath of the sharp rocks below as you wipeout.

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