Showing the way
THE Billabong Pro Junior Coffs Harbour powered through a blistering day of competition yesterday.
As conditions steadily improved throughout the morning with the arrival of a fresh south swell, competitors revelled in the five-foot peaky conditions at Park Beach.
The competition was electric as the scores and performances from the finest junior surfers in Australasia flew through the roof.
Led by the radical and innovative international competitors, the ever-stylish Hawaiian Kiron Jabour was in great form.
Currently sitting 31st on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior ratings, after the first two events, Jabour is looking at using this event for a launch pad into a successful 2009.
“I've had a reasonable start to the year,” he said retrospectively.
Having made the quarterfinals in the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships, everyone, including Jabour, is well aware of the talent he is yet to harness.
“I was really happy with how I performed at the World's - that was one of my better performances to date - but since then I have made constant errors with equipment and tactics,” Jabour admitted.
“I felt good this morning, hopefully things will start to turn around.”
With one of the best performances of day two, accruing a combined heat total of 15.35 (out of a possible 20), Jabour will be a dangerous second round match as the event flies into the round of 96.
Also flying the international flag was Brazillian Alejo Muniz who tallied an impressive 14.90 while Balinese surfer Hairil Hamzah was equally as impressive when he came back to shore with a score of 15.75 under his belt.