- 09 July 2008 | Surfing
Romain Cloitre (REU), 19, won his second consecutive Buondi Pro Junior title today at Amado beach in South Portugal after defeating outsider Eduardo Fernandez (PRT), Gordon Fontaine (FRA) and Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK). Cloitre, who lost his seed right due to a late entry, put on a strong performance during the three days of competition, posting an excellent 16.00 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) in the 30-minute final to tame the tricky two foot (0.5 meter) waves.
Cloitre, who had a slow start in the final while other top seeded surfer Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) took the lead, came back with a solid 7.33 pointer (out of a possible 10) before securing victory with an excellent 8.67 point ride.
"So stoked to get this second one a year after", Cloitre said. "I came here with no pressure at all as I am not competing full time on the Pro Junior tour and it ends up perfectly. I will head for the US Open of Surfing with confidence and this is exactly what I needed before such a major event."
- 09 July 2008 | Surfing
Coolangatta kid Jack Freestone is on the track to surf stardom after toppling a swag of the nation’s top young guns to bag the blue ribbon 16 and under boy’s crown at the fifth-annual Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp on the Gold Coast today.
A standout from start to finish, Freestone mixed a polished rail attack with gravity defying aerial moves to beat Avoca’s Wade Carmichael, Banora Point’s Sam Clift and Currarong’s Jordi Watson in a high-scoring, 20 minute final.
“I’m stocked to win Occy’s event,” said Freestone. “I see him surf everyday, so to win the event named after him means everything to me.” In fun 1-metre beach break waves at Duranbah, Freestone was the superior surfer all day and finalised an impressive campaign with a heat total of 18.06 to Carmichael’s total tally of 13.53.
The 16-year-old set-up the win with his second ride (8.83) before going on to post a heat high ride of 9.23 with just minutes remaining to extend his lead. Carmichael did enough to net second, leaving Clift (13.40) in third and Watson (10.40) in fourth.
- 08 July 2008 | Surfing
Canelle Bulard (FRA), 16, claimed the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe Grade-1 Women’s Buondi Pro Junior, her maiden Pro Junior title. Bulard, who defeated reigning ASP European Women’s Junior Champion Pauline Ado (FRA) in the final took the best out of the three foot (one meter) waves to win the opening event of the 2008 season and take the lead of the regional ratings.
Bulard, who faced Ado, Marie Dejean (FRA) and Mariana Macedo (FRA) posted a solid 13.17 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) to take the win after getting through two rounds today.
"I am so stoked to win the first event of the year », Bulard said. "The waves were a bit messy and we all had a chance to get the title but it ends up well for me."