THREE IN A ROW MUNRO
The Gold Coast’s Luke Munro surfed himself into the record books by winninghis third consecutive ASP Australasian Junior event on Sunday. Luke’s winin the Billabong boost Junior event held at Avoca Beach makes him the firstever junior surfer to make it three event victories in a row.
Munro dominated the final, as he had done all his previous heats, and in doing so extended his rating lead in the series after the current No 2 in the ratings, Shaun Cansdell (Mullaway)was eliminated in the semi final andnumber three seed Cory Zeims (Gold Coast) was bundled out in the quarterfinals.
Munro was overwhelmed by his success. “I really can’t believe it. I wasjust so stoked to win the first event at home on the Gold Coast in front of my family and friends. Then I won the second event last week and now this.” Munro’s surfing was committed, stylish and backed by a justified increasein confidence. “I was confident and I feel I am surfing as good as I ever have,” said Munro.
He outpointed Merewether’s Travis Lynch, who also made the final in the previous event. Mandurah’s Jason Duffy, in his first ever junior series final, came in third with Cronulla’s Joel Bonning fourth.
In the girls, nineteen-year-old Carly Smith from Byron Bay, appearing in only her second junior final, won the event and the $1200 prizemoney, witha blistering backhand display. World No 8 surfer, Mick Lowe, was one of the many in the large crowd blown away by her performance. “Jeez she is surfing bloody good,” exclaimed Lowe after Smith scored an 8-point ride in the final. Clare Bevilacqua came a close second with Stacey Holt third and Amy Johnson fourth.
But all eyes are now on Luke Munro as the next ASP Australia Junior series event heads to Newcastle for the Wild/Billabong Pro Junior in April.
When asked about the increase in pressure that comes with his nowoverwhelming favouritism, Munro was non-plussed. “I’ll take anything that comes along with winning,” said Munro immediately after the final. And when it happens to include $2400 and a slice of surfing history you can understand why.