10th Annual Ocean And Earth International Teenage Rampage

Ocean an Earth International Teenage Rampage
Saturday 27th to Tuesday 30th Dec 2008
Curl Curl Beach, Northern Sydney Beaches
Prize money   $5000 for 20′s Boys

10th Annual Ocean And Earth International Teenage Rampage

Aussie Junior Surfers Post Strong Showing Against International Field In Sydney

CURL CURL – Sydney, Saturday December 27, 2008 – The 10th annual Ocean
and Earth International Teenage Rampage opened in contestable 0.5 to
one-meter surf at Sydney’s Curl Curl beach this morning with the U16
and U13 boys kick-starting their charge for an early lead in this
year’s prestigious competition.

Matt Banting (Port

Matt Banting (Port Macquarie) who looked particularly impressive against his older
rivals.

Boasting a unique ‘top scorer’ based format, the 2008 edition of the
Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage will see all 220
surfers, representing ten countries, advance through the first three
rounds of competition to determine the eight highest scorers, who will
earn places into the Quarterfinals to be held later in the week.

Australian Pro Junior Champion and local surfer Cooper Chapman (North
Narrabeen) lead the Australian charge against a talented international
field by posting the top-scoring heat total of his division, a 12.5
(out of a possible 20.00).

Joining Chapman on the leader board was U14 surfer Matt Banting (Port
Macquarie) who looked particularly impressive against his older
rivals, winning his round 1 heat with a convincing 11.00 score (out of
20.00).

“It was definitely a combination of luck and skill out there today, ”
Banting said. “I would say more luck than skill even, whoever got the
waves was going to get through and I was lucky I got my two off the
bat and was able to take the heat lead early on.”

Fellow NSW surfer Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach) was chomping at the bit
behind his friends Banting and Chapman, securing a solid 10.00 to slip
alongside the front runners and put himself in the running for the
prestigious U16 title.

Joshua Hay (Copacabana), Billy Bain (Avalon) and Damien Norman
(Casurina) were other progressive New South Wales performers who rose
to the top of the prestigious field today.

The U13 division saw some impressive surfing from the Tahitian junior
team with 12-year-old O’Neil Massin who posted the highest heat total
of both the U13 and U16 divisions combined, during round 2.

Massin, who has travelled to Sydney as part of the 16-strong Tahitian
junior team, many of whom will be competition in the ASP World Junior
Championships in North Narrabeen next week, dominated his competition
in the punchy beach break conditions.

“This is my second trip to Australia and I love competing here,” said
Masson a former U11 Tahitian Junior Champion. “The waves are very
different from the reef breaks I surf at home but the competition is
strong and it is a great challenge for me to compete here against the
world’s best.”

Sydney’s Chris Robertson (Cronulla) unleashed the type of surfing that
has earned him success on the pro junior circuit this year and was the
second highest scorer behind the Tahitian with a 12.5 heat score
today.

Rising stars including Izak Clifford (Marcus Beach) and Eli Steele
(Moffat Beach) were joined by Jordan Lawler (North Narrabeen) and
Brendan Hay (Copocabana) other top performers in this division.

Sunday sees the continuation of world-class junior surfing at Curl
Curl beach with the possibility of the premiere U20 division which
includes many of the world’s elite pro junior competitors, expected to
compete throughout the day.

Names to watch out for include Tahiti’s Tamaroa McComb, USA’s Nat
Young and French star Maxine Huschenot while Australia’s top hopes
include Queensland’s Julian Wilson and Northern NSW surfer Heath
Joske.

The Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage is the premier
grommet event in Australia; past winners include ASP World Tour
campaigners Jordy Smith (Zaf), Jeremy Flores (Fra) and Benn Dunn
(Aus).