Sharpe ripping it up in Sri Lanka

SANDY Beach surfer Jayke Sharpe is doing more than enjoying the hospitality of the locals in Sri Lanka.

The 22-year-old is ripping it up at Arugam Bay during the first ever ASP event held in Sri Lanka.

Sharpe is through to the final 16 surfers in the event and is looking extremely dangerous in the excellent waves on offer.

Yesterday there was a slight drop in swell, with waves of only 1-1.5 metres feet, but they were perfectly angled on the incredible point break set-up which allowed some of the world’s best surfers to carve the long, clean, perfect waves. The six-star rated Sri Lankan Airlines Pro carries a total prize pool of $145,000 and Sharpe is sure to get a slice of that after finishing second in his round of 24 heat yesterday.

Sharpe scored a two-wave total of 11.56 to finish behind American Austin Ware (13.63) but more importantly ahead of South African surfer Royden Bryson (8.26) to move through to the next round.

In the round of 16, the competition becomes two-man knockout heats and Sharpe has been drawn against Indonesian Dede Suryana.



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