Owen Wright

The ASP Grade-3 Billabong Pro Junior Coffs Harbour was run and won today in epic conditions, as Owen Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) claimed his third straight event on the 2009 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series.

As conditions rapidly increased overnight with the arrival of a fresh 3-4m swell, competitors were greeted with solid, rugged, storm-like peaks as they battled at Coffs Harbour Jetty.

However, as the swell, rainsqualls and wind abated, what was left was near-perfect four-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves­ which were welcomed with open arms by competitors and officials alike.

None more so than Wright, who dominated the Final defeating, Garrett Parkes(Lennox Head, NSW), Perth Standlick (Bondi, NSW) and Davey Cathels (North Narrabeen, NSW), who finished second, third and fourth respectively.

Wright, who now holds a massive lead on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior ratings after three straight victories, was in super-human form once again, accruing a combined heat total of 17.00 (out of a possible 20).

“It feels great,” Wright said. “To win again is a dream. I’ve just got some really good momentum at the moment and hopefully it can continue onwards.”

High scores dominated the day’s competition as the finest junior surfers in Australasia pushed the boundaries of competitive surfing.

Wright locked in a virtually perfect 9.90 (out of a possible 10) in his Semifinal, Standlick followed suit with a 9-point ride, whilst Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW) added an 8.00 (out of a possible 10) only to be eliminated.

While the second Semifinal saw event standout Parkes awarded the highest accolade in surfing ­ a perfect 10 after combining a mind-blowing barrel with a radical combination of turns. Only to be followed up by a 8.65 (out of a possible 10) to Cathels a mere two minutes later.

“The standard of surfing was so high throughout the Final and the Semis, all the guys were ripping,” Wright said. “To beat guys like Davey, Perth and Garrett is awesome. Having grown-up with these guys, to finally get a result over them is a good feeling.”

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The production of its materials and the production itself has a huge environmental impact; surfing guilty secret, which has been kept very quiet. However in this age of carbon footprints and rising oil prices, it makes sense to adopt ‘greener’ materials.

They are many surfboards currently available that market themselves as being greener than the PU/fibreglass, however this isn’t hard considering the environmental damage of the petrochemicals and styrene involved in the production of surfboards, whereas the ‘green’ board will be manufactured using 40% plant based foam blank, 98% UV Bio resin and Bamboo weave matting, even the leash is 50% recycled, I am using a bio-plastic leash plug and hand shaped Bamboo fins, which will be waxed with one of the many environmental waxes.

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Laura Enever

Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW) stamped her class, talent and authority on junior female surfing today, taking the Billabong Pro Junior Coffs Harbour in style.

With the hottest female surfing commodities’ on the globe converging on Park Beach today, it was Enever who was left standing; defeating prodigy Tyler Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) in the final.

“I’m so stoked,” Enever said after demolishing the final with a combined total of 15.17 (out of a possible 20).

Having been on verge of qualification for the ASP Women’s World Tour in 2008 and after an excellent season in Hawaii, Enever is poised to begin 2009 where she left off last year.

“To start the year in such a way is amazing and to surf with the likes of Tyler (Wright) in the final is awesome,” she said.

With a marked increase in swell and improvement in conditions, the final was a window into the future of women’s surfing; as the pair went wave-for-wave in the metre-and-a-half conditions.

“Conditions really suited me out there,” Enever added.

“I prefer it to be bigger and really enjoy being able to perform on such a stage.”

Despite running into a white-hot Enever, Tyler Wright was in great form throughout the event, heralding her star on the rise from the first heat.

Accruing a combined heat total of 10.70 (out of a possible 20), Wright was still happy with her performance.

“Coming second to Laura Enever is nothing to be ashamed of,” said a gracious Wright.

“She just out surfed me today, I don’t think there is much else I could have done.”

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