Oakley Pro Junior, Day 1
Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island turned it on for day one of the all-new Oakley Pro Junior with a pulsing easterly swell generating stormy 1.5- 2-metre surfing conditions at Main Beach today.
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More than 140 of the globe’s hottest surfers aged 20-years and under converged on ‘Straddie’ for the start of the 9-star rated ASP Australasian tournament, Queensland’s richest ever-junior event.
International surfers set the pace for the day with 22 heats of round one being completed in very good surfing conditions.
Oakley’s Billy Stairmand (eyewear and apparel) won his heat with a score of 15.10. The up and coming young surfer hails from Raglan, New Zealand and has been with Oakley for more than four years.
Oakley teammate Sam Baldock (eyewear and apparel) brought his Western Australian style to Straddie to win his heat this morning as well.
Competition is expected to continue tomorrow with round two heats. Top seed Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Heads) will hit the water in the opening heat of the day, whilst highly rated local Lincoln Taylor will feature in the morning’s action.
The prestigious new tournament is the first of six Oakley pro junior events organised for Brazil, Europe, Japan, USA and South Africa in ’08. The champion and runner-up from each event will be taken to a secret location to battle it out for more cash and prizes.
The Oakley Pro Junior is the 4th of 12 stops on the 2008 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series and offers a six-day surfing window, from Tuesday 5th February to Sunday 10th February, 2008, for only four days of competition surfing.
The main event site will be at Cylinder Beach, however the tournament has the option of going to the best surf from Adder Rock to Main Beach.
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About the Oakley Pro Junior Series
Two years ago, Oakley saw the need to give young American surfers the same competition opportunities as other surf-centric countries.
“We realized competitive surfing in America left a lot of room for improvement,” says Ronny Nelson, Oakley Surf Marketing Manager. “We noticed the massive amount of pro juniors being held in Australia and saw the correlation with Australia dominating the World Championship Tour.”
Since then, Oakley has established four Pro Juniors in the U.S., including the $15,000 North American Junior Championships at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, Calif.
This year Oakley extended the program to include a total of 11 international Pro Juniors across the world including five Oakley Global Challenge qualifying events in South Africa, Brazil, France, Australia and the United States.
The Oakley Global Challenge qualifiers will come together in Bali in September for a four-day competition during a 10-day waiting period. The contest will be followed by a unique competition in which the athletes will choose what they want to be judged on for that specific day. So, if it’s barreling, a tube-riding event will go down; if it’s punting, it will be about innovative aerials.