Fantastic Cup Pro Jr
Presented by Nippy’s
ASP Grade 2 Men’s Pro Junior
ASP Grade 1 Women’s Pro Junior
Victor Harbour South Australia
July 17-20, 2008
July 21, 2008: – - Victor Harbor, SA – Paige Hareb (NZL) and Owen Wright (Culburra Beach, NSW) made history at the inaugural Fantastic Cup Pro Junior presented by Nippy’s today, claiming victory in South Australia for the first time in over ten years.
In perfect, offshore 1-1.5m conditions at Waitpinga, on the South Australian south coast, the finalists revelled in the grinding, left-handers as professional surfing returned to South Australia.
Owen Wright was unstoppable throughout the event, defeating Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Head, NSW) in the final. Both finalists were easily the form surfers of the event, proving that the hype surrounding their future is more than justified. After racking up a number of nine point rides in the early rounds, Kennedy was rewarded by the judges for his phenomenal surfing, awarded a 10 point ride in the quarter final stages.
Using blistering speed, critical backhand re-entries and awesome wave selection Kennedy left a wake of competitors behind him, defeating Mitch Crews (Currumbin, QLD) and Tom Salveson (Gerringong, NSW) en-route to the final.
For Wright, his route to the final went past Teale Vanner (Kangaroo Island, SA) and Lincoln Taylor (North Stradbroke, QLD) in the quarter and semi-finals respectively – showcasing aerial manoeuvres in critical situations. “I’m wrapped,” Wright said, beaming after his victory. “It wasn’t the final that Stuey (Kennedy) and I wanted, but we still managed to put on a good show,” he said.
After missing the early stages of 2008 with injury, Wright has excelled in recent times, with today’s victory marking his third of the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series. “I struggled early in the year with injury, but now I’m back to full health and enjoying my surfing,” he said retrospectively.
“I’m just stoked to have three wins under my belt this year after the start I had,” Wright said, now sitting seventh on the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series rankings. For Wright, the next stage for 2008 will be exciting. “I’ll be heading over to Europe to compete in the Rip Curl WQS events in Torquay and France and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Being the first ASP rated event held in South Australia for over ten years, the Fantastic Cup Pro Junior Presented by Nippy’s was a success, with awesome waves and mind-blowing surfing.
In the girls division it was New Zealander Paige Hareb who took the title, defeating current World Junior Champion Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW) in the final. “I’m so stoked right now,” she said after claiming her second ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series victory of the year.
Attacking the left hand waves with her renowned powerful style, Hareb accrued a series of high scores throughout the entire event, showing her class. “It was a bit slow in the final, so I just tried to remain patient,” Hareb admitted. “I got off to a good start with a 7.5 (out of a possible 10) and it just flowed from there.”
Having had a bumper year in 2008, which so far includes two ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series titles and the 6-star WQS Prime Margaret River Drug Aware Pro crown, Hareb is showing no signs of slowing down as she gears up for a busy campaign. “I’ve had such a good year so far, I’ve been on a roll since coming second at the Billabong ASP World Junior Titles in February,” Hareb added.
“I’m off to Huntington Beach after this event then I’m following the WQS (World Qualifying Series) through Portugal and France,” she said. Currently ranked third on the ASP Australasia Pro Junior after her victory at Waitpinga, and on the WQS Hareb is looking at finishing off the year in style.
“I just want to surf as well as I can in any event I in, right now my goal is to get as good a ranking as possible in the Junior’s and qualify for the ASP World Tour.” Hareb found her way to the final via Kirstie Jones (Ulladulla, NSW), whilst Enever defeated Brit Nichol (Cabarita, NSW) in hotly contested semi-final affair.
The Fantastic Cup Pro Junior is proudly supported by: Fantastic, Nippy’s, The South Australian Tourism Commission, McIroy Hyundai, The Royal Family Hotel, Balance Carbon, The Office for Recreation and Sport, Woolworths, ASP Australasia and Surfing South Australia.
The Fantastic Cup Pro Junior presented by Nippy’s has also achieved a ZeroC certification for a greenhouse gas emissions audit and for committing to an investment in carbon offsets equal to the audited emissions profile.
Measuring waste generation from the event site and offices, emissions from judge and event official vehicle transport, emissions from generators, electricity used in administrating the event and electricity used at judge and other officials accommodation at event site the audit is being conducted by Adelaide based carbon specialists Balance Carbon Pty Ltd.
For more information please go to www.balancecarbon.com/event.
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