Coffs Harbour?s Jayke Sharpe was named one of the standout surfers.
Coffs Harbour?s Jayke Sharpe was named one of the standout surfers.

Jayke unlucky in Queenscliff final



CRONULLA'S Dylan Hannah took out the Arnette Pro Junior with a display of some of the best small wave surfing ever seen at an ASP Australasian event at Sydney's Queenscliff Beach on Sunday.

In perfect clean 0.5m waves (1-2 feet), the small wave performance surfing throughout the quarter finals through to finals was quite amazing with nine point rides common throughout the day.

Hannah and fellow finalist Jayke Sharpe (Coffs Harbour) were the standout surfers and their final was close to the end with multiple lead changes.

Sharpe, who held the lead and priority at the 15-minute mark of the final, elected to take the smallest wave of an approaching set which probably gave the final to Hannah who took the second larger and better wave of the set which was a decisive 7.5 ride winning ride.

That wave offered Hannah multipe scope to perform a series of powerful bottom to top turn combinations along with a clean speedy cut back and it was the highest scoring ride in the final.

"I'm so pleased to win one of these events, it's my final season on the Pro Junior tour and this week's event at Bells will be the final pro junior for me ? the waves have been a lot of fun, not big but really workable and Jayke in particular has surfed great all week," Hannah said.

It was Sharpe's best ever performance in a Pro Junior as well and the 17-year-old surfer looks set for a big future.

His quarter and semi-final wins were massive with high 8 and 9 point rides.

"I've had a great time here and really pleased with second, I couldn't quite get the waves I needed in the final to score big but still to make the final is a good feeling and to be the top rated surfer from Coffs Harbour this year is also good for me," Sharpe said.

Both Hannah and Sharpe were surprise finalists with all the top seeds eliminated before the semi-finals.

With Bells Beach set to host the final event of the ASP Australasian Junior Series this week (beginning tomorrow), the race for season ratings champion has never been so tight.

Nine surfers remain in contention to win the series and most likely the overall winner at Bells Beach will be the season's champion.

Just as important is qualification into the ASP Billabong World Pro Junior Championships with the final top four on the ratings securing a position into that event which also runs in Sydney next January.

Dion Atkinson (South Australia), Mitch Coleborn (Sunshine Coast), Laurie Towner (Angourie), Owen Wright (South Coast), Julian Wilson (Sunshine Coast), Matt Wilkinson (Central Coast, Wade Goodall (Sunshine Coast), Brendan Leckie (Gold Coast) and Nick Riley (Queenscliff) will all be vieing for ASP Australasian Season Champion for 2006 and qualification into the World Pro Junior championships.



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