Billabong Junior Series – T-Street

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP)
2000 Junior World Tour (JWT)

Hawaiian Centeio Takes T-Street Gold

San Clemente, California (Sunday Oct 1, 2000). In the last of four Billabong USA Junior Pro events, highly fancied Hawaiian surferJoel Centeio lived up to pre-contest expectations by winning the Billabong T-Street Junior Pro event from a host of top Associationof Surfing Professionals (ASP) rated North American junior surfers in glassy shoulder high surf at the well known T-Street break, afew hundred yards south of the San Clemente pier.

Although not receiving rating points from this event as a Hawaiian entrant in the North American contest, Centeio has alreadyqualified for the 2000 Billabong World Junior Championships by placing second in the Billabong Ronnie Burns Memorial Junior Proheld at Kewalo Basin, Honolulu on the south shore of Oahu, Hawaii last month.

“I wasn’t really thinking about knocking out any competitors I might meet in the World Junior Champs at Makaha, I just wanted to domy best. This Billabong event is bigger junior pro for the USA, so I skipped Japan after my Fiji trip two weeks ago to come over here,surf the contest and maybe win some money”, Joel said shortly after his victory. As for his chances in the upcoming world champs,Centeio stated, “I live right before the West Side and surf around that area, so I’m just gonna surf hard and try to win that titletoo.”

Rated a lowly 479 on the 1999 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings and twelfth seed in the event, the current US Championand World Surfing Games Junior Champion effectively demolished his fellow finalists with a series of radical moves on both hisforehand and backhand waves. With strong bottom turn top turn combinations, a tailslide to frontside reverse and three upside downbackhand off the lips in the finals, Centeio left his opponents more than four points behind on the judges score sheets. Two T-Streetlocals, top event seed Mike Losness and first round entrant John Robertson, had no answer to the devastating form the Hawaiianshowed, and despite some impressive tailslides and floaters, Timmy Reyes of Huntington Beach failed to find high scoring waves, andtrailed the field to his fourth place finish.

The Hawaiian gained valuable junior pro experience while winning $2,500 of the $10,000 event prize purse. With one event remainingon the ASP North America Junior World Tour and 75% of results counting, the top six rated North American juniors will competeagainst their peers from the different ASP regions world wide by invitation only in the 2000 Billabong Junior World Championships,to be held at Makaha on the West Side of Oahu, Hawaii from October 31 to November 10 2000.

Official Results of the Billabong T-Street Junior Pro
1 Joel Centeio (Hawaii) : $2,500
2 Mike Losness (San Clemente) : $1,000
3 John Robertson (San Clemente) : $800
4 Timmy Reyes (Huntington Beach) : $700
5 Hamish Campbell (Encinitas) : $600
5 Kekoa Bacalso (Hawaii) : $600
7 Sean Petersen (Santa Cruz) : $500
7 Kyle Knox (Carlsbad) : $500

Further Information Contact:Tim WilliamsBillabong USA Marketingmailto:tim@billabong-usa.com : USA-949-753-7222 ext 257