WSL PRESS RELEASE
Cronulla, SYD/NSW (Monday, 23 January 2017) – An array of international and Australian junior surfers hit the water today for day one of the Subway® Surf Series Pro Junior event at Cronulla. The second event on the seven-event series was blessed by playful three-foot peaks as male and female surfers attempted to move through the first rounds of competition.
Ryland Rubens (USA) has made his maiden voyage to Australia worth the flight, moving through the first two rounds of competition at Cronulla. Rubens went berserk in the second round of competition posting an impressive 14.80 heat total and cemented a position into tomorrow’s third round.
“That was fun,” said Rubens. “This is my first time surfing in Australia and everything is so sick. It feels great to get a few little corners on the waves I picked which allowed me to progress through the heat.”
Fresh off a recent victory at the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final, local surfer Jay Brown (Cronulla, NSW) appeared to have continued to build momentum as he tore apart the opening rounds of competition at his homebreak. Brown found a handful of rare lefts in the predominate righthand peaks to unleash a flurry of powerful turns and seal a win in his first round heat, followed by a runner-up finish in the second round.
“I think knowledge definitely played a part in that win,” said Brown. “This sandbank wasn’t actually here until a few days ago and it’s been really fun. I’m going to just keep taking it heat-by-heat as the comp ramps up and hopefully, I can keep the ball rolling.”
Having honed his forehand on Indonesia’s punchy beachbreaks, Rio Waida (Indonesia) felt at home in Cronulla’s playful peaks. Waida linked a chain of innovative fins-free turns to post a respectable 13.75 heat total and take the win in the nail-biter of a heat with Finn Hill (Avoca, NSW), Gabe Ley (Gold Coast, Qld) and Justin Becret (France) who finished in second, third and fourth respectably.
“The waves are so fun out there. I feel like I’m at home,” said Waida. “I looked who I had in my heat last night and knew they were all really good surfers, so I knew I’d have to do my best to beat them.”
Renowned for his wild aerial antics, Mateus Herdy (Brazil) opted for more traditional power-based turns when he surfed his round one heat. Herdy posted a massive 8.75 wave score, but failed to find a backup score to claim the lead and fell into second position behind Joel Buxton who claimed the win. Herdy turned heads recently at the World Junior Championship at Kiama and is looking at continuing the same form in more events over the Australian leg of comps.
“I’m pretty happy to get through that heat,” said Herdy. “I’m really looking forward to the other QS1000 events while I’m here in Australia and hopefully I can get a few good results. It’s been a really fun trip so far.”
Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) has continued her tear through the 2017 competitive year, notching up a giant 15.00 heat total to claim a win in the first round of the Subway Surf Series at Cronulla. The recently crowned World Junior Champion put her opposition on the ropes and left her nearest rival Alyssa Spencer (USA) chasing a near perfect 9.00 wave score to take away her win.
“Those righthanders have really been dishing up some nice waves,” said Callaghan. “I’m stoked I found a few that allowed me to open up and do a few decent turns. If the conditions continue like this I think we will see some amazing surfing going down.”
After claiming event one on the Subway Surf Series at Bells Beach, India Robinson (Jan Juc, Vic) headed to Cronulla full of confidence and was able to claim her opening heat. With an increasing onshore wind making conditions difficult, Robinson managed to find several diamonds in the rough and executed a barrage of technically sound forehand snaps.
“It’s good to get that monkey off your back with a round one win,” said Robinson. “I really wanted to just get two quick waves out there as the onshore wind increased. Over the course of the event I’d like to get a few bigger scores if I can.”
Having claimed a Pro Junior win at the same Cronulla Beach back in 2014, Kobie Enright (Tweed Heads) felt right at home as she tackled her first round heat head on. Enright gained the upper-hand against her rivals, posting a 14.00 heat total and made it known she’d be a solid threat going into round twotomorrow.
“All the girls in this event absolutely rip and I’m coming off a first round loss in Victoria recently, so I was trying not to think too much before I went out in that heat,” said Enright. “I’ve always loved Cronulla since I won a Pro Junior a few years back, the waves are usually fun and it’s a bit of a natural amphitheatre.”
The Subway® Surf Series will commence each day at 7:30 am with the call for the day’s schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45 am. The event hotline number is 0458 247 212 which will leave a voice recorded message each morning of the event.
The WSL sanctioned Subway® Pro Junior events, which includes 18 and under boys and girls divisions, form part of the 2017 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), providing the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title at the World Surf League Junior Championships in 2018.
For more information head to www.worldsurfleague.com or the WSL App.
The Subway® Surf Series is proudly supported by WSL, Surfing Australia and Billabong.
Entries have opened via the World Surf League website – www.worldsurfleague.com
Subway Pro Junior – EVENT 1 – Bells Beach, VIC – Jan 14 – 15, 2017
Subway Pro Junior – EVENT 2 – Cronulla, NSW – 23 – 25 Jan, 2017 (3 DAY)
Subway Pro Junior – EVENT 3 – Avoca, NSW – Mar 4 – 6, 2017 (3 DAY)
Subway Pro Junior – EVENT 4 – Trigg, WA – Mar 18 – 19, 2017
Subway Pro Junior – EVENT 5 – Kiama, NSW – Apr 8 – 9, 2017
Subway Pro Junior – EVENT 6 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Apr 22 – 23, 2017
Subway Pro Junior – EVENT 7 – Gold Coast, QLD – May 6 – 7, 2017