BROTHERS NEILSEN PRO JUNIOR 2005
PRESENTED BY GLOBE
Our top Australian Juniors surfers hold their own as the World International junior surf stars went on the attack on day four at the 5 Star Brothers Neilsen Pro junior held at DuranbahBeach on the Gold Coast.
As the swell dropped the standard of surfing went ballistic with the field of 196 now narrowed down to only 48 competitors, it was time to kick it into gear as the Worlds best junior surfers got down to business.
Number 1 seeded surfer Ben Dunn set a cracking pace for the Aussie assault in the first heat of round four displaying a brilliant array of fast, on edge top turns in the 1m D’Bar peaks posting an 8.93 and a 8.00 showing why he is Current Australasian Junior ratings leader.
Once again it was Brazils surfing sensation that burst away from the pack, digging deep into his back of trick and pulled out some mind blowing aerial moves that had the beach absolutely mesmerized.
De Souza’s first wave saw him link up three critical aerial off the tops, each looking impossible to make, pulling an 8.83 from the judges. He then backed that up with another aerial assault scoring an 8.33 leaving his nearest opponent casing a combination score of 17.61 to catch him.
“I am very happy to be surfing these waves at Duranbah which are very similar to the waves I ride at home in Brazil.” De Souza said. “The competition from Australia is very strong, it’s good to push my own surfing.”
Heat leads were constantly changing throughout the event with, edge of your seat surfing and nail-biting decisions coming down to the wire, some results requiring the computer to delve back into multiple count back assessments to split ties.
Another tight heat unfolded as New Zealand’s Bobby Hansen surfing brilliantly, looking set to cruse on through into the next round with a 2nd, when in the dying seconds Hawaiian TJ Barron, needing a 6.17, unleashed a savage attack on a wedging off the wall peak scoring a 6.97 and dashing Hansen’s hopes.
“I was stoked on that little squeaker, if you’d call it that.” Barron said “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”
Barron advanced on through in 2nd along with heat winner Yadin Nicol who had a high scoring heat pocketing an 8.50 and a 7,17.
Heat 7 of round four also saw some big scores coming in from 16 year old Reunion Island surfer Jeremy Flores who was in tune with his board saying that “My board went really well in that heat and that’s real important in tricky waves like this.” He racked up an 8.83 and an 8.33 doing a combo hit on hit opponents.
Manly’s Sam Page also advancing in that heat with some impressive surfing of his own.
¼’s, semis and Finals will wrap up on today Monday 24th with a new Brothers Neilsen Junior pro Champion being crowned around 1pm..
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