Owen Wright wins Coffs' Billabong Pro Jnr
HEAVY seas battering the coast all week made life difficult for competitors in the Coffs Harbour leg of the Billabong Pro Junior.
Owen Wright from Lennox Head eventually emerged victorious, battling four- to six-foot pounding surf.
Organisers had called a lay-day on Saturday as dangerous conditions swirled around local beaches.
The prospect of gale force winds and a flash flood warning for the Coffs Coast area forced event officials to run the final 19 heats of the boys division on Sunday.
ASP Australasian tour manager Dane Jordan said this decision was made with the surfers' best interests at heart.
“We want the best surfers in the best possible conditions,” he said.
“Due to the amount of time we have at our disposal it made good sense to wait for improved conditions.”
The last local hope disappeared when Billy Kean was eliminated by the skin of his teeth after a three-way battle with James Woods (11.94) and Blake Ainsworth (11.44).
Kean scored 11.33, while Jerome Forrest was right out of luck, scoring 5.34.