Julian Wilson en-route to a dominating round two performance.
NORTH NARRABEEN, Australia (Monday, January 5, 2009) – The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships recommenced this morning with the final seven heats of the men’s Round 1 before tearing into the dramatic elimination Round 2.
The deciding event in the hunt for the undisputed ASP World Junior Title, the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships enjoyed a full day of sunny skies and clean three foot (1 metre) waves at Sydney’s North Narrabeen beach and the world’s best junior surfers reveled, locking in the highest scores of the event.
Julian Wilson (AUS), 20, who gained entry into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships via his win at the VonZipper Trials, rebounded from a morning loss in Round 1 to absolutely decimate his Round 2 heat today, netting the event high heat total of an 18.50 out of a possible 20 to dispatch of Koki Nakamura (JPN).
“I had a pretty shaky start this morning in Round 1 but I feel way better after that one,” Wilson said. “The conditions are getting way better and I think the level of surfing is going to really lift in the coming days.”
Part of a star-studded Australian contingent, Wilson is keen to claim the ASP World Junior Title for himself, bring the prestigious accolade back to Australia, where is hasn’t been held since current ASP Dream Tour standout Joel Parkinson (AUS), XX, last claimed it in 2001.
“It’s been ages since an Aussie won this title,” Wilson said. “That spurs us all on…we want it back here in Oz!”
Rudy Palmboom (ZAF), 20, suffered an unfortunate loss in Round 1 two days ago, but made amends today, posting and impressive heat total of a 17.10 out of a possible 20 to eliminate Jules Thomet (FRA) from Billabong ASP World Junior competition in today’s Round 2 bout.
“I was a bit nervous at the start – as I am with most competitions – but because I have this high-scoring heat it has given me much more confidence,” Palmboom said. “Last year was my first year in this competition and I got 9th. I want to better that result taking it heat by heat and see what happens.”
Palmboom punctuated his impressive Round 2 victory with his own excellent single wave-score of a 9.10 out of a possible 10 for a series of vicious backhand blasts.
“I’m stoked with my 9-point ride in the last couple of seconds,” Palmboom said. “The other guy in my heat was in a good position so I made sure I got it. It had a nice wall and I got a good score on it.”
Highlights from today’s Billabong ASP World Junior Championships will be available via www.billabongpro.com beginning at 7am.
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BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIORS (MEN) ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 10: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.67, Heifara-Peter Tahutini (PYF) 12.07, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 10.67
Heat 11: Casey Brown (HAW) 11.90, Kai Barger (HAW) 9.67, Koko Nakamura (JPN) 7.87
Heat 12: Charles Martin (GLP) 13.83, Kaito Sekimoto (JPN) 10.33, Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN) 10.17
Heat 13: Jayke Sharp (AUS) 14.00, Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.60, Casey Grant (ZAF) 10.34
Heat 14: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.77, Nicholas Godfrey (ZAF) 12.23, Medi Veminardi (REU) 8.50
Heat 15: Nat Young (USA) 13.24, Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 12.00, Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 9.60
Heat 16: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.47, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.60Andrew Doheny (USA) 8.00
BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIORS (MEN) ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.50 def. Heremoana Luciani (PYF) 11.34
Heat 2: Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.33 def. Heifara Tahutini (PYF) 6.90
Heat 3: Tonino Benson (HAW) 12.50 def. Andres Wurst (PER) 8.17
Heat 4: Rudy Palmboom (ZAF) 17.10 def. Jules Thomet (FRA) 10.60
Heat 5: Maxime Huscenot (REU) 15.00 def. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 11.17
Heat 6: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 12.77 def. Pierre-Valentine Laborde (FRA) 12.50
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) 18.50 def. Koki Nakamura (JPN) 8.00
Heat 8: Travis Beckmann (USA) 13.67 def. Kaito Sekimoto (JPN) 8.86
BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIORS (WOMEN) QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Arini Mason (NZL) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)
QF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)
QF 3: Leila Hurst (HAW) vs. Diana Cristina (BRA)
QF 4: Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Bethany Hamilton (HAW)