Day 2 on N. Stradbroke Island
Ideal surfing conditions continued at Straddie for day two of the inaugural Oakley Pro Junior, with the tournament’s top seeds blitzing the island’s powerful waves today.
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Main Beach provided the ideal forum for round-two action, with surfing young guns from as far a field as Bali, Europe, Hawaii, Japan, South Africa, Tahiti and the USA making the most of punchy 1.5-2-metre beach breaks waves at Australia’s North Stradbroke Island, for a piece of the richest Pro Junior prize purse ever.
Oakley’s Kiwi surfer Billy Stainamd won Heat #14 today. The heat got off to a slow, low-scoring start, but with 10 minutes left, Billy dropped two high scoring waves and notched a 9.9.
Later in the day, Oakley’s Julian Wilson drew applause from the grassy spectator knoll after a demonstration of next-level surfing.
“It was a tough heat in terms of conditions,” said Wilson. “The paddle out is a bit long—you’ve really got to pick the best waves. After two run-arounds, I got three waves and it turned out alright. This is a really good venue for a contest. It’ll be different tomorrow because I’ll be surfing high tide. My strategy will change, but I’m looking forward to it.”
“He’s a stud,” says Oakley Surf Marketing’s Ronny Nelson. “His surfing was very polished today. He’s surfing well beyond his junior status. Julian is the next ambassador of our sport—he’s that good.”
Julian and Billy are expected to compete tomorrow with multiple rounds of the 9-star Oakley Pro Junior tournament scheduled to run.
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