15 Oct ASP australasian pro junior titles
The final event on the men’s & women’s 2013 ASP Australasia
Pro Junior Series, was held on July 12-14, 2013, in Coffs Harbour,
NSW & Newcastle’s Jake Sylvester was crowned ASP Australasia
Pro Junior Series Champion.
The field of over 110 surfers including Australians, New Zealanders,
a few Tahitians and one Italian went to work in the fun surf,
fighting for vital points, prize-money and the inaugural
Be The Influence Surf Pro title.
Sylvester set up massive lead by winning the opening two events on
this year’s ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series and before this event
started he could only be overtaken by No. 2 ranked Mitch Parkinson (Gold Coast, QLD/AUS). Parkinson put his entry into the event late and lost his seeding and was thus matched up in the same heat as Sylvester this afternoon, finished third and was eliminated.
“Mitch (Parkinson) has been surfing so well that I thought this would come down to the wire,” Sylvester said. “Then he posted a good score and I thought the race would continue into tomorrow, but Pama Davies (AUS) overtook him right at the end. Next thing I know the hooter goes and people are coming up to me telling me I was the 2013 ASP Australasia Pro Junior Champion.”
Sylvester claimed the title with style, sealing the heat win with the day’s highest single wave score 9.35 (out of a possible 10), thanks to his sharp precise turns and carves. Sylvester joins a prestigious list of former winners including current ASP World Championship Tour campaigners Owen Wright (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Taj Burrow (AUS) and reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS).
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Sylvester said. “This is my last year surfing in the Pro Junior events and my goal was to make the top 4, and be a contender for the top spot. Now here I am and I can’t believe it. It feels amazing, this is massive for me and my career and will give me loads of confidence when I go to compete in the US and Europe later in the year.”