23 May Baker primed for Japanese raid
NEWCASTLE’S Jackson Baker is confident of another bold showing in Japan’s QS6000 at Ichinomiya this week.
The 19-year-old natural footer is up in round 2, heat 20 against Brazil’s Jean da Silva, the Canary Island’s Jonathan Gonzalez and fellow Aussie Cody Robinson.
A star-studded field has assembled on eastern coast of Japan for this Qualifying Series event.
Keanu Asing, Leonardo Fioravanti, Vasco Riberio, Dion Atkinson, Marco Fernadez and Pat Gudaskas are just some of the well-known names competing for the 6000-points on offer.
Baker is coming off a third-place finish at the Kommune Pro in Bali earlier this month.
‘I’m looking to continue my run,’ Baker said.
‘I’m always looking to improve and now that I’m inside the top 100 I want to make it inside the top 50.
Once Baker returns from Japan he will have a month off at home so he is out to make this event count.
Japan is an old stomping ground for Baker having surfed in some junior series over there in the past.
He has mates over there and is comfortable in the surroundings which hopefully will give him an edge.
‘I’m staying at a hotel with my buddy Hiroto Arai and it’s right in front of the contest site.
‘I’ve never surfed there before, but I’m excited.
‘I love the people and the culture and the waves are always pretty good.’