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Former World Champion CJ Hobgood Gets Lift-Off At Boost Mobile Surf Sho Presented By Nokia

Former World Champion CJ Hobgood Gets Lift-Off At Boost Mobile Surf Sho Presented By Nokia

Chris 'Chippa' Wilson Wins Qualifying Final At Boost Mobile Surf Sho Presented By Nokia

World no.4 Taj Burrow To Defend Boost Mobile Surf Sho Presented By Nokia

Surfers Paradise (Saturday 19th April, 2008): WORLD no.4 Taj Burrow (Yallingup, WA, Aus) will have to defy a full-scale aerial attack as the next generation of high-flying aces punted their way into tomorrow’s main event of the Boost Mobile Surf Sho presented by Nokia at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast today.


Defending event champion Burrow was on hand as some of the world's hottest aerial artists punted-up-a-storm in the open men’s qualifying round before busting out some futuristic moves of his own in the day’s jet-ski assisted expression session.



Both Burrow and former world champion CJ Hobgood (Florida, USA) tipped Australian Junior champion Owen Wright (Culburra, NSW) as the surfer to watch out for after he posted another gravity-flying performance in today’s stormy 1.5-metre beach break conditions.



“Owen (Wright) is surfing really well,” said Burrow.



“I haven’t seen him surf much in real life, but his video sections are really impressive. It seems like he’s got a good strike rate at nailing airs.”



The aerial genius, who has the ability to successfully complete aerial tricks on que, is keen to jag his first victory for the 2008 season despite brilliant showings in the opening two events on this year’s ASP world tour and is fully aware of the talent he’s up against.



“It’s going to be pretty tough to defend my title,” he said.



“These guys spend a lot of time getting tricky in the air and they’re really consistent. But I’m not going to roll over. I’m going to give it my best.”



18-year-old Wright continued his sky-scraping aerial antics today, unleashing his own brand of explosive surfing to set alight the Surfers Paradise crowd.



Wright had already guaranteed his place in the main event after out-flying Australia’s hottest Pro Junior (aged 20-years and under) surfers to win yesterday’s Junior Surf Sho final.



Wright can’t wait to get a crack at the world’s top names including 2007 Boost Surf Sho champion Burrow, reigning world champion Mick Fanning, world no.2 Bede Durbidge (Currumbin), world no.13 Luke Stedman (Avalon) and retiring professional Troy Brooks (Currumbin) in the $25,000, winner-takes-all final.



“It’s awesome to be able to surf against the likes of Taj (Taj Burrow) and Mick (Mick Fanning) in competition,” said Wright.



“It’s great to be to hang out with those guys, have fun and do as many big airs in front of them. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s competition.”



Cabarita high-flyer Chris ‘Chippa’ Wilson boosted high over Surfers Paradise with a sensational ‘backside shove-it’ to fly away with the $5000 winner’s cheque in the open men’s qualifying final today.



The innovative super punter beat the world’s premier aerial artists with a top score of 8.93 to setup a showdown with surfing’s top stars.


Also securing wildcards into tomorrow’s main event were Owen Wright (Culburra, NSW), Luke Stickley (Byron Bay, NSW), Jai Earnshaw (New Zealand), Ice Ryan (Coolangatta, Qld) and Mitch Crews (Currumbin, Qld).



Former world champion CJ Hobgood was in Surfers Paradise today ahead of tomorrow’s finale and is in good spirits despite his twin brother and fellow world tour competitor, Damien, being involved in a near-fatal surf accident this week.



World no.15 Damien is lucky to be alive after being slammed by a 4m wave on the Teahupoo reef in Tahiti, breaking his shoulder in six places.



The defending Billabong Pro Tahiti champ, Hobgood was practicing for next month’s WCT contest (May 8).



Now in its second year, the specialty tournament carries no points towards the Dream Tour but attracts a hot international field due to its innovative Game Show style competition format.


In contrast to traditional competit

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