Pauline Ado

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fueled by Monster Energy are one day away from commencing and the world’s best juniors surfers are assembling in North Narrabeen as the prepare to hunt down the most prestigious crown in junior surfing, the ASP World Junior Title.

Contesting in their respective regional ASP Pro Junior Series throughout the 2009 season, qualifiers for the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior Championships include 48 men and 18 women from the seven ASP regions: Africa, Australasia, Europe, Japan, North America and South America.

Pauline Ado (FRA), 18, reigning ASP World Junior Champion, failed to qualify via the 2009 ASP European Pro Junior Series (finishing 15th), but will be back to defend her crown courtesy of an ASP wildcard into the event. Last year saw the diminutive natural-footer blitz the field to become the first non-Australian ASP Women’s World Junior Champion.

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Davey Cathels

Davey Cathels (Nth Narrabeen/Sydney) capped off the perfect preparation for the coming Billabong Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Junior Championships by winning the Quiksilver Jetty Surf Pro Junior at Jan Juc Beach in Victoria today.

Cathels was in sensational form on this final day, scoring four excellent-to-outstanding 8 and 9-point rides on his way to demolishing his opponents through the Quarters, Semis and Final.

Final scores in the Final saw 18-year-old Cathels on a combined two-wave tally of 13.60 to Queensland’s Mitch Crews (Currumbin) on 9:00.

“I came down simply hoping to win through a few heats and fine-tune myself for the ASP World Junior Titles and to win and score big today feels fantastic - I’ll go into the World Titles fully ready to give it my best,” Cathels said. “I have set an aim to win the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series this year so this is the perfect start, it’s also the first Pro Junior win of my career which sort of gets the “monkey off my back” as I have had a number of Final and Semifinal results, but to win today feels good.”

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Owen Wright

Aussies Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore may be the toast of the surfing world having wrapped up the men’s and women’s World Titles in Hawaii, but now the focus shifts to Australia’s fledgling junior stars to see if they can make history by claiming the world’s premier junior surfing event – the 2009 Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy – due to take place at Sydney’s North Narrabeen beach over eight days ning January 9th.

The winners will be crowned alongside Fanning and Gilmore at the ASP World Champions banquet in February, meaning Australia would hold four world titles concurrently, a first for the sport.

But the local contingent will have their work cut out for them if they are to reverse the trend that has seen Australia’s international reputation for dominance wane since Joel Parkinson last claimed the men’s title for the green ’n gold in 2001.

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