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- 17 February 2008 | Surfing
Nineteen-year-old Jesse Adam (Merewether, Newcastle, NSW) planted an ambush attack on Australia’s finest junior surfers to capture his first ever pro junior victory at the Billabong Pro Junior Series- Coffs Harbour, at Diggers Beach today.
Putting an end to his series of average results on the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series, Adam astonished spectators by taking down ASP Australasia No. 2 rated surfer Julian Wilson (Sunshine Coast, QLD) in the Semifinals and followed up with an astounding victory over ratings leader Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Head, NSW) in the Final.
“I am so stoked,” beamed Adam. “Julian and Stu are really good friends of mine, but Stu’s been dominant all year and everyone knows that Julian’s one of the most respected junior surfers in the world; so to take them both down- there can be no better way to win a contest!”
Defeating the best of the best, Adam’s flawless performance in the Final included a near perfect 9.25 (out of a possible ten) ride which he backed up with an 8.20, leaving Kennedy chasing a near perfect 9.54 score.
“Stu’s had a few nines this contest alone so I wasn’t counting him out,” Adam said. “I just sat praying that no quality waves would come through at the end of the heat and it all worked out for me.”
Adam’s victory marks the second out of five event wins from a Newcastle surfer this year, indicating a possible resurgence from the Newcastle contingent.
- 16 February 2008 | Surfing
New Zealand’s Paige Hareb (Taranaki) put a halt to ASP World Junior Champion Sally Fitzgibbons’s (Geroa, NSW) recent winning streak by defeating the Australian in a fiercely fought Final, to win the Billabong Pro Junior Series – Coffs Harbour today.
Competing in powerful one meter waves at Diggers Beach, Hareb opened her account with an excellent 8.75 (out of a possible ten) and followed up with a 7.75 off her very next wave, leaving Fitzgibbons to play catch up for the remainder of their 30-minute heat.
“I was pretty nervous out there,” Hareb admitted. “Sally seems to be winning everything at the moment; she’s right on form so to beat her today was pretty special.”
While Fitzgibbons has won a total of four events this year including the 6-Star ASP World Qualifying Series event at Phillip Island and the ASP World Junior Championships in Sydney, Hareb’s win marked her first of 2008.
“Sally is pretty far ahead of us girls on the ratings so I’m definitely going to need a few more big results to catch her but I’m going to try,” Hareb promised.
“We have a great rivalry - we’re friends on land and always cheer each other on,” Hareb continued, “but when we’re in the water we do our own thing and whoever comes out on top, it’s their day.”
- 15 February 2008 | Surfing
The Swedish surfers, in association with the Swedish Surfing Association, will protest against the plan to destroy a special point for all surfers of the region.
The action will take place on the 13th March. It's one of Sweden's best waves in the harbour of Mölle on the westcoast of Skåne, South of Sweden.
The harbour will build wave stoppers to stop the waves to disturb the guests who are parking their million dollar boats there. Due to lack of money it seems that they will not build as their original plan.
They say that the new plan of wave stoppers will not harm our waves, but we are not sure about that as we don't know who they have asked or if they have done the right investigations about waves and surfing.
Jonas Lilja has started a club called "Skånes Vågsurfare" to work with this matters.
Source: Swedish Surfing Association