Jayke beaten by last-minute wave

COFFS Harbour surfer Jayke Sharp was leading the final of the Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior at the Gold Coast's Duranbah Beach on the Gold Coast with only a minute remaining.

Unfortunately Coolum's Julian Wilson locked in an eight point score to snatch the $5000 winner's cheque from Sharp with just seconds remaining.

Sharp was in sizzling form on the small but perfect right-handers and looked likely to take the crown from a class field of 128 of the nation's best under-20 surfers.

With 11 minutes remaining in the see-sawing final, the Coffs Coast star reclaimed the lead with an 8.50 score leaving Wilson requiring a 7.33 for a win but the ocean failed to co-operate turning flat for ten minutes.

Finally a wave appeared and unfortunately for our local hero the highly rated Wilson took full advantage.

Although disappointed with finishing second, Sharp was still stoked with posting his best result of the 2008 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series using his a fast and precise surfing to take home the $2500 runner-up cheque.

"It was my best final ever," Sharp said.

"Julian was the better surfer so he got the win."
 
Wilson finished with a final total of 17.17 that included the heat high wave score of 9.17.

Sharp was less than a point behind with a heat tally of 16.50 (out of a possible 20).

For Wilson, it was the second straight defeat over one of the Coffs Coast's finest as he eliminated Valla's Heath Joske in the semi-final.


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