Billabong Pro-Teen - Bells Beach

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Billabong Pro-Teen: Dale Richards (NSW) progressed through to Round 3 behind top heat scorer Heath Joske (NSW)

Billabong Pro-Teen: Dale Richards (NSW) progressed through to Round 3 behind top heat scorer Heath Joske (NSW)

High surfing stakes, top seeds and an increase in swell at Bells Beach intensified the action on day three of the Billabong Pro-Teen Series as the nation’s top junior male surfers took to the waves in a bid to secure one of the four coveted Billabong ASP World Junior Championship berths on offer. Surfers, out of ratings contention for a top three qualifying finish had their sights firmly set on the winner’s wildcard and more than matched the top seeds on the long-peeling 1.5m waves of Bells.

Under 18 New South Wales champion Heath Joske (Nambucca Heads) sent a clear message to his older and higher ranked opponents in his opening round two heat. The 16-year-old amassed the highest heat score of the event to date, opening with a series of lightening fast forehand top turns on a lengthy Rincon wall to secure an 8.50. Only minutes later, Joske strengthened his position, locking in another impressive 8.00 ride to leave his closest opponent David Steele (Seaford) requiring a near perfect 9.50 to defeat him. Eliminated in the 25 minute heat was the Sydney duo of Baden Cram (Avalon) and Steve Asmus (Newport).

“It was good fun out there, the swell came up a bit from yesterday and I was lucky to pick up some of the waves that reeled all the way down Rincon,” said Joske.

Despite sitting well outside the front runners in contention for an Australasian world championship berth Joske proved that any surfer is capable of a win here at Bells.

“It’s never out of the question, it would be pretty hard but I’d love to do it,” said Joske. “I won’t be letting a heat go by where I’m not trying my hardest win it, it would be great to make the world juniors. I really like Rincon actually, it’s a sick wave, I like surfing it, I have never had Bells Bowl very good and so if the swell picks up I will be looking forward to it.”

Local hopeful Finn Barry (Jan Juc), a standout in the opening round continued his good form by winning through to the top seeded round three. The 18-year-old excelled from the opening siren, scoring a 7.25 first ride before securing the win with another 8.25.

“I got a couple of lucky bigger set waves in that heat,” said Barry. “I really enjoy surfing Rincon when it’s small like that, it seems to suit my surfing and since I’ve moved up to Torquay I have been surfing around the area and getting a feel for the waves a lot more.

Despite a late charge from talented Tweed Heads surfer Dale Richards, Barry held on to first position, moving through to the third round where he will face Dion Atkinson (Seaford), Beaumont Blake (Bilinga) and Ben Hannah (Palm Beach).

“I did two junior comps at the start of the year and kind of blew it in both of them, but I’m starting to go a bit better now, hopefully I can keep it going.”

The Billabong Pro-Teen Series will be staged from Wednesday, September 28th to Sunday, October 2nd, offer $24,000 in total prize money and feature a 7A rated U/20 boys and a 4A rated U/20 girls division.

The Billabong Pro-Teen Series Bells Beach is sponsored by Panasonic, Vodafone, Coke, Kustom, Von Zipper and supported by Tracks, Geelong Advertiser, K-Rock, Surfing Victoria and ASP Australasia.

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