World's Best Juniors Eye ASP Title at Billabong ASP World Junior Championships
NORTH NARRABEEN, Sydney/Australia (Tuesday, January 4, 2011) - Queensland surfer, Jack Freestone (Gold Coast, AUS), 18, is well poised to become Australia's first ASP World Junior Champion in 10 years with the natural-footer ranked No.1 heading into the deciding event, the Billabong ASP World Junior Championship fuelled by Monster Energy, which will begin next week at North Narrabeen, Sydney, Australia.
Freestone trumped the 48-man field at event one in Bali (Oct 2 13) defeating an in form Dale Staples (ZAF), 20, of South Africa in the Final. Freestone earned himself US$10,000, along with 10,000 ratings points and the lead in the revamped ASP World Junior Tour.
Three-time Triple Crown champion and former ASP World Runner-Up Joel Parkinson (Gold Coast, AUS), 29, was the last Australian to hold aloft the prestigious ASP World Junior Crown before he turned professional full-time in 2001. A good result at Narrabeen will see Freestone return the crown to Australian shores for the first time in a decade.
'The ASP World Junior Title is such an important stepping-stone, to achieve what Joel (Parkinson) has done would be really, really special,' Freestone said. 'When you look at the list of winners' names, every surfer has gone on to the World Tour and a solid career, and of course, I'd love to bring it home for the green n' gold. It's been too long!'
The event stars the top 45 junior surfers on the planet, plus three wildcards, and carries a total US$95,000 prize purse. More importantly, it affords the finalists an unrivalled seeding in ASP Star and ASP PRIME events that serves as a springboard to the elite ASP World Tour.
Former winners of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championship include Maxime Huscenot of France (2009), Hawaiians Kai Barger (2008) and Kekoa Bacalso (2005), Brazilians Pablo Paulino (2007 & 2004) and Adriano de Souza (2003) and South African Jordy Smith (2006).
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07:15am, Saturday, Jan 8th
Billabong ASP World Junior Championships
North Narrabeen beach
The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships will be webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com
The Billabong ASP World junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy is made possible with the support of Sony, Volkswagon, VonZipper, Nixon, Australia's Surfing Life Magazine, Manly Warringah Council and NSW Sport and Recreation.
Pictured: Jack Freestone (AUS), 18, current ratings' leader on the ASP World Junior Tour, is in the running to become the first Australian to claim the prestigious ASP World Junior Title this week at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy at North Narrabeen.
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