After a five year absence from Burleigh point due to a lack of quality waves over the years, The Surf turned it on for the opening day of the “Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior” 2005 presented by Globe, bringing the event back to the favored Burleigh base which served up consistent 1.5 m workable walls giving the field of “Junior Super Shredders” a chance to show what they’ve got.

After a strong international charge at the southern junior events earlier this month, it was the Ozzie contingent that set an outstanding pace laying down the challenge in the early heats at the “Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior”.

Heat 1 in round 1 saw Main beach surfer Adam Bennetts from the famous Iron men Bennetts family win his heat, paving the way for an Ozzie tri-fecta in the first 3 heats, with NSW surfers Ben Hanna and Jayke Sharpe walking away with convincing wins to start their campaigns off with. Scoring one of the highest waves surfed throughout the day Jayke bagged an 8.67 with some impressive top turn and air combo’s tearing apart the early morning glassy Burleigh waves.

The Ozzie Charge was swiftly shattered with the unfolding of what was to be the heat of the day when Basque surfer Aritz Aranburu hit the water in round 2. Heat # 1 opening his account with a 9.17 out of a possible 10 blazing his way across the burleigh walls with some mighty moves that even Parko or Slater would be proud of, then backing it up with a 9.33 putting the crowd on their feet bursting out with an almost patriotic OLE’ gesture to the Spaniard.

Elanora’s Jarrad Bell answered back with some impressive surfing of his own pocketing an 8.90 in the second half of the heat no doubt reved up by Aritz’s high scoring rides and pumping waves.

Between them they dishing a double combo hit on the other two competitors putting Qld’s Joe Schwarz and Dylan Gariff out of the event in no uncertain terms. Sometimes it’s just luck of the draw.

Aritz now moves into round three and will be pitted up against South African sensation Jordy Smith which will be due to hit the water around 10am Friday morning in what will surely be a match up not to miss.

The day’s surfing saw some testing moments with South African surfer Clinton Gravett busting his boardin half mid heat. Having to then quickly scramble in across the notorious slippery Burleigh rocks to grab a back up board, still managing to earn enough points in the remaining minutes of the heat to place second and advance into round 3.

North Stradbrokes Paul Antonieff slipped up scoring an interference in his opening heat which, would usually spell an almost certain elimination by having your second highest scoring ride halved. This forced Antonieff to limp through the heat completely relying on the weight of his higest scoring ride of an 8.17, managing to just progress through to the next round with a second.

With waves are expected to gradually ease over the next few days. Organizers of the”Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior” are hoping to at lease utilize the nature setting and highly contestable waves of Burleigh point of a couple more days taking advantage of the long right hand walls with recently groomed backs courtesy of last weeks cyclone Kerry.

Tomorrows event will see the completion of round number two running into the round of 144 surfers ushering in seeded surfers such as Jordy Smith, Josh Dowthwaite and Brent Dorrington to name a few.

The “Brothers Neilsen Pro Jnr” is a mobile event. Based at Burleigh but with the option of chasing the best waves on the day giving the amped junior field a chance to unleash their furious, fast paced surfing action on the range of World famous quality beach and point breaks on offer on the Coast. Daily Updates of the events location and daily results will be heard on 90.9 Sea- FM.

Major Sponsors include Oakley & FCS

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