Jadson Andre

Although conditions declined into the one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) range today, the world’s best junior surfers continued to push the boundaries of high-performance surfing as the men’s Quarterfinalists and women’s Semifinalists were determined at North Narrabeen for the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fueled by Monster Energy.

Jadson Andre (BRA), 19, 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie and last year’s event runner-up, took no prisoners in the challenging conditions this afternoon, sticking several high-velocity aerials to post an 18.70 out of a possible 20 in the most emphatic win of the day.

“The waves are very similar to where I live in Brazil so I guess I am used to surfing them,” Andre said. “I have an amazing board under my feet and it is working very well out here. I didn’t start out too well in this event, but I am hoping to keep building momentum as the contest goes on.”

Andre will take on sole remaining Australian competitor Stuart Kennedy (AUS), 20, in Quarterfinal 2 when competition resumes.

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Gabriel Medina

Improved three-to-four foot (1 – 1.5 metre) surf graced the sandbanks at North Narrabeen today, allowing for some incredible displays of surfing prowess from the world’s best juniors as the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fueled by Monster Energy blitzed through Round 2 and the opening 11 heats of Round 3.

Gabriel Medina (BRA), 16, who gained entry into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships via a wildcard from ASP International, blew the door down today, posting a near perfect 19.57 out of a possible 20 to take down Dean Bowen (AUS) and advance through to Round 4.

“I’m just happy to be here in Australia and competing in this event,” Medina said. “I’m very happy to get through this heat and I hope I can keep going. It is a big event – the biggest – and to win here would mean everything.”

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The Ultimate Wave, featuring Kelly Slater

Featuring nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave follows a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience. Filmed in Tahiti and among the islands of French Polynesia, the film showcases dramatic giant screen surfing action in a unique Pacific paradise.

Kelly Slater and a group of friends arrive in Tahiti. With their host, Tahitian surfer Raimana Van Bastolaer they will seek out the best waves breaking on the reef at the famed surf site Teahupo’o.

Kelly and Raimana share a passion for the waves, but different ideas about what surfing means: is it a modern competitive sport or an ancient Polynesian wave-riding art? Either way, if the right conditions arise, they hope to surf some unique giant barrels created by storm swells breaking atop the shallow reef.

As the surfer’s quest unfolds, the film explores the hidden forces at work shaping the waves and the islands that lie in their path. In stylized animated segments, the audience is propelled into the cosmos to discover the sources of a wave’s energy; and then back to Earth to witness the swirling dance of the atmosphere that will transfer energy deep into the ocean and shape a wave’s long journey across thousands of miles of open Pacific.

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