CAPTION: Ellie-Jean Coffey was one of the goofy-footers who took control of Burleigh today. Pic ASP/Dunbar.
BURLEIGH HEADS, Queensland/Australia (Sunday, 22 January, 2012) – Today saw a slight decrease in swell size at Burleigh Heads for Day 2 of the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast, and the call was made to run Rounds 1 and 2 of the Women's event. The women went for it in the fun 2 foot (1 meter) surf, putting on a good show for the hundreds of onlookers lining the Burleigh Headland.
Sarah Baum (ZAF) was the talk of the town today after starring in the last heat of Round 1. The young lady from Durban, South Africa used her powerful backhand attack to post the highest heat total of the event thus far - 18.53 (out of a possible 20).
"I surf rights most of the time so I've got a strong backhand," Baum said. "I also think this wave is easy to surf on your backhand because you can get right in the pocket. I was nervous going into this event, but now I'm feeling confident after that 9.93 (out of a possible 10). I was so excited when I paddled into that wave and saw it double up, it allowed me to do a big fins-free turn and that set me up for a great wave."
Sarah Mason (New Zealand) was another goofy-footer to put on a dominant Round 1 performance where she scored a massive heat total of 17.96 (out of a possible 20).
"It's awesome surfing at Burleigh with only a couple of girls out!" Mason said. "I live on the Gold Coast, but I haven't surfed Burleigh in a long time, so it's good to get some nice waves out here. There was some long waits for waves, so you had to make the most of it when they did come through. I watched Matt Lewis-Hewitt's heat online yesterday, it was great to see another Kiwi do well, I'm stoked we both got through."
Alessa Quizon (HAW) used her sharp backhand attack to post some big scores today and skipped Round 2, advancing directly into Round 3. Quizon defeated Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Philippa Anderson (AUS) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
"I was out there just trying to focus on myself and not worry about the others," Quizon said. "I live at Makaha on the west side of Oahu and there's pretty much only rights, so I get to practice on my backhand all the time, so I feel really comfortable out there."
Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) who recently relocated from Crescent Head, NSW to the Gold Coast, put her pointbreak experience to good use today after taking out her Round 1 duel with her younger sister Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) and current ASP Women's World Junior ratings leader Joanne Defay (FRA).
"It's good to surf against my sister, but it's also nerve racking because if she beat me she'd never let me live it down," Ellie-Jean Coffey said. "I'm so thankful to Billabong for giving me the wildcard into this event, I've got no pressure and nothing to lose, but everything to gain."
Leila Hurst (HAW) is currently 2nd on the ASP Women's World Junior ratings and is looking for a solid result here at the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast to help her claim the ASP Women's World Junior title.
"I feel like I've got a bit of pressure on me at the moment, but I'm trying to keep it under control and have fun," Hurst said. "I've had a lot of trouble getting waves out here over the past few days, but after spending some time in the lineup I feel like I know where to sit to get the good ones now, so that helped."
Dimity Stoyle (AUS) put on a show for the Sunday crowd at Burleigh Heads today, catching 13 waves and posting some scores in the excellent range courtesy of her smooth style.
"I was having so much fun in that heat!" Stoyle said. "It's only small, but it's really good. I just caught so many waves because it's so hard to get waves freesurfing out here. I live on the Sunshine Coast, but feel at home down here on the Gold Coast because I come down a lot to visit my grandparents a lot."
BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST WOMEN'S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Sarah Mason (NZL) 17.96, Nage Melamed (HAW) 12.73, Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 8.67
Heat 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 15.27, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.44, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.33
Heat 3: Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 12.83, Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 12.03, Joanne Defay (FRA) 7.57
Heat 4: Leila Hurst (HAW) 14.73, Eden Putland (AUS) 8.00, Maud Le Car (FRA) 7.97
Heat 5: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 17.23, Nao Omura (JPN) 8.07, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 6.33
Heat 6: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 18.53, Quincy Davis (USA) 13.43, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 10.50
BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST WOMEN'S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Maud Le Car (FRA) 11.90, Joanne Defay (FRA) 9.76, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 7.13
Heat 2: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 13.76, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 12.33 Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 6.17
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BURLEIGH HEADS, Queensland/Australia (Monday, 23 January, 2012) – The first man-on-man elimination Round at the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast got under way today in 2 foot (1 meter) runners at Burleigh Heads. The conditions were tricky with good waves on offer, but surfers were forced to be selective and battle for the best waves.
Caio Ibelli (BRA) the top seed in the Billabong World Junior Championships and frontrunner for the ASP World Junior Title is back in winning form after his shock Round 1 loss. Ibelli posted a dominant win in his Round 2 clash with Eli Steele (AUS), mixing rail carves with big aerials to keep his 2011 ASP World Junior Title hopes alive.
"That heat was hard because it was slow and I was feeling a lot of pressure," Ibelli said. "But I started to feel comfortable after getting my first good score, I'm so stoked that I made that heat. Sometimes I don't mind losing in the first round because it makes me angry and fires me up to do well."
Wade Carmichael (AUS), winner of the Von Zipper trials caused a major upset by eliminating 5th seed Dale Staples (ZAF). Carmichael caught the best waves and executed his trademark power carves to take the win and will now face current ratings leader Caio Ibelli (BRA) in Round 3.
"I was nervous because I had a shocker in my last heat," Carmichael said. "I've had a good start to the year with a win at the Bells Pro Junior and the trials here, so I just want to keep that going. I'm not in the running for the ASP World Junior Title, but I still really want to win this event."
Tim Macdonald (AUS) earnt his spot in the event thanks to a runner-up finish in the trials, and today eliminated Ryan Callinan (AUS) in a one sided affair. Macdonald surfed sharp and fast to advanced to Round 3, but it was clear that Callinan was holding back.
"It feels really good to be through to Round 3," Macdonald said. "But I feel bad for Ryan (Callinan), he couldn't really fight back. You can tell that he's injured, but we still had fun catching waves with just the two of us out."
Callinan, the poster boy for the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast was clearly disappointed with his early exit from the event. It's been a tough couple of months for the young Novocoastrian, Callinan injured right ankle last year and has spent the last few months getting it back to 100%. Then two days ago he injured his other ankle, and went to get scans after his Round 2 loss today.
"It only hurts when I surf," Callinan said. "It feels fine walking, standing and running, but when I put pressure on my bottom turns it doesn't feel right. I'm disappointed, but I'll hopefully be back and ready to go in a couple of weeks."
Kaito Ohashi (JPN) had the crowd on their feet after landing a massive backside fins-free waft, which netted him an 8.87 (out of a possible 10). This is Ohashi's fourth appearance at the Billabong World Junior Championships and by advancing to Round 3 he's already equaled his best result.
"I'm so happy," Ohashi said. "The waves here are so much fun, much better than at my home. It's great to be here and have people enjoy my surfing."
Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) was the standout performer of the day, scoring an near perfect 9.50 (out of a possible 10) on his opening ride. The Portuguese surfer looked at home at Burleigh's right-handers, using powerful, precise snaps and carves to impress the judges.
"The waves are great so I tried to do my best," Ribeiro said. "I've got a good board and I caught a long wave, everything came together for me. I'm very happy to be here at the Billabong World Junior Championships, everyone surfs so good, so you always have to always be at your best."
A call will be made at 7:30am tomorrow for a possible 8am start. The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast will be webcast live via www.billabongpro.com
BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.83 def. Eli Steele (AUS) 8.17
Heat 2: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 12.83 def. Dale Staples (ZAF) 9.10
Heat 3: Tim Macdonald (AUS) 11.67 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 5.00
Heat 4: Nathan Carvalho (HAW) 16.07 def. Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.90
Heat 5: Dean Bowen (AUS) 15.00 def. Mitchell Parkinson (AUS) 10.60
Heat 6: Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 12.23 Creed McTaggart (AUS) 11.76
Heat 7: Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 16.14 def. William Aliotti (FRA) 9.07
Heat 8: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 16.43 def. Deivid Silva (BRA) 13.57
Heat 9: Caue Wood (BRA) 9.93 def. Kan Watanabe (JPN) 8.60
REMAINING BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 10: Kalani David (USA) vs. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF)
Heat 11: David Van Zyl (ZAF) vs. Kaishu Tanaka (JPN)
Heat 12: Evan Thompson (USA) vs. Pierre-Valentin Labo (FRA)
Heat 13: Arashi Kato (JPN) vs. Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 14: Chase Wilson (USA) vs. Keala Naihe (HAW)
Heat 15: Dylan Kowalski (USA) vs. Andrew Doheny (USA)
Heat 16: Lucas Silveira (BRA) vs. Hiroto Arai (JPN)