After the completion of the opening stop of the Australasian Pro Junior Series at Burleigh Heads last month, the world’s best teenagers continued to up the ante in the 5-star rated, $30,000 tournament, shredding the Main Beach to secure their spot in round two.
Narrabeen ace David Vlug set the benchmark for the day, barrelling his way through to round two with the morning’s top individual wave score.
Vlug, who lacerated his kidney while surfing his home break of North Narrabeen in December, left nothing to chance in the sudden-death heat, weaving through the sucky Main Beach barrel to power to victory with a near-perfect 9.00 on his opening wave.
“I guess I was in the right spot at the right time,” said Vlug.
“Conditions were a little hard to read, so you really had to pick the ones that would tube. Luckily, I jagged that bomb in the opening minutes and it set up a good win.”
Frenchman Marc Lacomare was equally impressive in the barrelling left-handers, posting a 14.75 total to storm through to round two.
Emerging Tweed Heads surfer Ben Webb was the day’s biggest surprise packet, taking down renowned Hawaiian charger Kiron Jabour to advance through to round two.
The lanky natural foot jagged the best waves of their 20-minute heat, nailing a 7.50 and a backup of 4.35 to overpower Jabour, as well as Elliott Marshall and Dale Stewart.
Gold Coast up and comer Jack Freestone also hit his straps in round one, trumping local lad Murray Antioneff to book a spot in round two.
Competition is expected to continue today with top seeds hitting the water in round two heats.
The Oakley Pro Junior is the second stop of the 2009 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series and offers a five-day surfing window, from Tuesday 3rd February to Saturday 7th February, 2009.
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