Tyler Wright won the World Junior Title at Ecuador and Adam Melling is now number one on the WQS rankings after a runner-up finish to Dan Ross at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro WQS 6 star prime event.
“This is so awesome,” said Wright.
“I have waited one year for this result after placing second last year.
“On the top of my 2009 goal list was to become the World Junior Champion and to reach it is just amazing.
“Every heat this year in Ecuador has been hard.
“There are so many good competitors here from around the world. I knew I had to just focus on my own game out there in the water and not worry about the others.
“We hit rock-bottom the other day and it didn’t look as though we would be in the medal rounds, but we pulled together as a team.
“The support we’ve given each other has been amazing.”
The Australian team won their fourth consecutive gold medal in the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Hawaii received the team silver medal, Brazil bronze and USA copper. France placed fifth overall, South Africa sixth, New Zealand seventh, Tahiti, Peru and Costa Rica came in eighth, ninth and 10th respectively.
Melling said: “It’s disappointing not to win but Rossy is a great guy and I’m really stoked for him.
“Having made the finals twice I now really want to win one of these events. My start to the season has been great but there’s still a lot of work ahead to qualify for next year’s Dream Tour – that’s my goal and I have to remain focused because the season has really just started.”
Despite being disappointed at not winning, Melling’s good early-season form sees him as the number one rated surfer on the ASP World Qualifying Series Ratings and in a really good position to qualify for the Dream Tour after just missing out last year.
ENTRY forms are out now for the junior regional titles, go to le-baboardriders.com to get one as time and positions are running out quickly.
THE Lennox Longboarders Club held its April 2009 club round last Sunday at Lennox Main Beach.
Only 13 club members actually surfed the very trying conditions, a two-metre swell, difficult to get out the back due to big sets on a sandbank.
An outgoing tide and overcast skies made it surfing for the diehards only.
Results as follows: 1sts 1 Greg Gover, 2 Forfar Petrie, 3 Peter Regan; 2nds: 1 Darren Nobbs, 2 Jim Wilkinson, 3 Terry Kay; 3rds: 1 Rob Crowther, 2 Gary Alford, 3 Callum Gover, 4 Sally Petrie, 5 Carol Stephens. Surfed the 1st round only: Tim Hassey, Jim Baker.
Winner of the monthly voucher from the Mi Thai Restaurant @ Lennox Head: Carol Stephens.
Next club round, second Sunday, May 10.
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