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Tyler Wright wins Billabong Pro Junior at Bells Beach, Qualifies for the ASP Billabong World Junior Championships

Posted by: on October 3rd, 2008



Tyler Wright takes a massive win at Bells Beach at the Billabong Pro Junior and also, by winning , qualifies for the ASP Billabong World Pro Junior Championships– Photo, Liam Robertson.

Tyler Wright takes a massive win at Bells Beach at the Billabong Pro Junior and also, by winning , qualifies for the ASP Billabong World Pro Junior Championships– Photo, Liam Robertson.

Final 12 surfers decided at the Billabong Pro Junior Men’s at Bells Beach

Thursday October 2nd 2008: Winning is everything and young 14 year old NSW surfer Tyler Wright knows how to win when it really counts.

Only a win in the final event of the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series for 2008 would allow her to qualify for the all important ASP Billabong World Junior Championships which will run at Narrabeen Beach in Sydney next January and the super competitive and talented south coast NSW surfer was able to find the form to take it out comfortably defeating Kiwi Gold Coast based surfer Airini Mason in the final.

Wright won the final comfortably on 13.75 to Mason on 12.75. Wright’s 7.5 early ride in the final proving the decisive wave in her strong win in the excellent 1m waves at Bells Beach.

First and second placings on the season ratings qualified and Wright jumped from 4th to 2nd, overtaking her already strong rival Laura Enever (Narrabeen) along the way.

“I love it here at Bells and I figured I could win this event before I came down and it’s just worked out perfectly for me” said a very happy Wright after the final.

“There was pressure all the way knowing that only a win was good enough but I sort of just put that to the back of my mind, enjoyed the great waves and focused on winning every single heat – That worked!”

Being only 14 years of age and set to take on the world’s best 20 year and under Pro Junior Women next January is holding no fears for Wright at all.

“I’ll train hard between now and January and it’s super exciting to be taking on the best from around the world – I’ll be ready for sure!”

Tyler joins fellow Sth Coast girl Sally Fitzgibbons who won the series and will also go to the World Championships hoping to defend her ASP World Pro Junior Title.

The unlucky girl today was Narrabeen surfer Laura Enever who was defeated by Wright in a close semi final and then had to watch as Wright went on to take the win and that all important 2nd place on the ratings. Enever will be hoping to still qualify for the World’s either via the trials or possibly a wild card given she placed 3rd in last years World’s.

The Pro Junior Men’s round four also enjoyed excellent 1m surf on the high tide Rincon point break at Bells Beach.

 Australia’s top 20 year and under Pro Junior men surfers put forth tremendous performances spurred on by the pressure situation most of these surfers are under also chasing qualification positions into the ASP Billabong World Pro Junior finals.

Current number four on the ASP Australasian ratings is Heath Joske and he stole the show early today posting two excellent waves of 8.75 in a big scoring heat win. His total score of 17.5 was the days  highest in his win over Blake Ainsworth (Gold Coast).

“It’s sort of sad that this is the end of my pro junior career but with great waves and qualifying for the world pro championships on the line I really have to go hard here. I had a shocking heat yesterday and managed to squeak through, I can’t afford another heat like yesterdays and from here on in I need to be scoring like I did in that heat – fairly simple really!”

Positions 2, 3 and 4 from the ratings will qualify for the ASP World Junior Championships and such is the tightness in the ratings that Tahitian Tamaroa McComb, Queensland’s Lincoln Taylor and Coff’s Harbour area surfers Jayke Sharpe and heath Joske are all through to the final 12 surfers at this event and all of them are seriously in with a chance to qualify.

Jayke Sharpe (SandyBeach/Coffs Harbour) desperately found a good final scoring ride in the final minute of his heat today to go from 4th to 2nd place and advance behind Tamaroa McComb who continues to dominate.

“That was such a close call and thankfully I’m through – It’s so close here for the qualification that I think we’re all just focused on making the final and then we’ll know we’ve done well and qualified. Heath and myself are super close on the ratings, hopefully we both make it and represent Coff’s Harbour – even better would be if Madison Williams (Diggers Beach) wins and we all qualify!”

One surfer who could seriously upset any of the top surfers from interstate is local Bells Beach resident Cahill Bell-Warren who had a big scoring win today over Newcastles Craig Anderson (Merewether) who also progressed in 2nd place in a very high scoring heat. Both Bell-Warren and Anderson need to win this event which awards a wild card into the World’s and on todays performance both are surfing well enough to be right in contention.

“Bells is my wave, I surf it every day it breaks and I know I can do really well here” said a very focused Bell-Warren after his heat win today.

“No one intimidates me here and I don’t mind if we surf the finals day in big waves or small, as long as we’re at Bells I’m confident – I think it will get down to who gets the best waves on the finals day and I’m keen I can do it.”

Bell-Warren posted the days second highest scoring heat win with a wave tally of 16.50 for his top two scoring rides which were an 8.75 and a 7.75.

With two days remaining in the waiting period and only quarter finals to finals to run organizers will assess conditions over the coming two days and attempt to finish in the best waves possible, which could well be on Saturday with a good swell forecast.  

The Billabong Pro Junior Series welcomes Virgin Blue as Billabong’s official airline partner and also acknowledges tremendous support from Panasonic, VZ, Kustom, and Surfing Victoria.

Tamaroa McComb (Tahiti) and Paige Hareb (NZ) Win Billabong Pro Junior at Port Stephens NSW

Posted by: on September 8th, 2008



Tamaroa McComb (Tahiti/Gold Coast Based) winner of the Billabong Pro Junior at Port Stephens

Tamaroa McComb (Tahiti/Gold Coast Based) winner of the Billabong Pro Junior at Port Stephens



Billabong Pro Junior – Port Stephens

Prize Money $13,000 AUD

Mid North Coast NSW

Thursday, 4 September 2008 to Sunday, 7 September 2008

Port Stephens, NSW — International surfers Tamaroa McComb and Paige Hareb (NZ) put Australia’s top Pro Junior surfers to the sword at One Mile Point Port Stephens by winning the Billabong Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s divisions.

In clean and good quality 1m(3ft) waves McComb and Hareb were too strong and both took convincing wins in their finals.

McComb defeated Lincoln Taylor (Nth Stradbroke Island/Qld) securing the win half way through the final when he found an excellent high scoring 8.5 ride. The powerful Tahitian unleashed a series of critical top to bottom turns to overtake Taylor and take the win.

It was McComb’s 2nd Australasian Pro Junior win for the season and at 16 years of age he is the youngest surfer to ever win a Billabong Pro Junior Series event in the 16 year history of Pro Junior Series.

McComb is based in at Coolangatta, moving from Tahiti at the start of the year to focus on his surfing.

“ I came to Australia at the start of this year to improve my competitive surfing and I never expected to do this well in the competitions, I thought maybe make the top 20 would be good but now I’m winning and it feels great – It’s been really good for my surfing coming here for sure” said McComb after his win.


Tamaroa McComb.

Tamaroa McComb.



Best of the local surfers was Merewether’s Jesse Adam who placed equal 3rd overall, defeated by the rampaging McComb in a high scoring and close semi final.

In the second semi final young 18 years old Nth Narrabeen surfer David Vlug achieved his best ever result at Pro Junior level finishing equal 3rd when he was eliminated by Lincoln Taylor.

Paige Hareb won the women’s final in almost identical fashion to McComb, in second place until the half way stage she found an outstanding 9 point ride to take a lead that young 14 year old Sth Coast NSW surfer Tyler Wright (Culburra) was unable to claw back.

“I don’t know where that wave came from, it was easily the best wave in the final and that was really the reason I won. It’s my third Pro Junior win for the season which is great and it will be my last Pro Junior for the season  – I’m focusing on the ASP World Qualifying Series in Brazil now so it’s good to finish the pro junior year with a win” said Hareb after the final.

Tyler Wright’s second placing in the final has signicantly improved her rating on the Australasian Pro Junior Series and with one major event remaining at Bells Beach early next month she is a real chance to steal 2nd place on the ratings from Laura Enever.

First place is already secured by Sally Fitzgibbons but second place is up for grabs and it’s important as the top two places on the ratings qualify for the ASP Billabong World Junior Championships which run at Narrabeen early January 2009.

“I feel good coming second as I have plenty of years in the Pro Juniors ahead. I’m aware of the importance of trying to come second in the ratings and it’s something I’ll aim for and work hard at coming into the final event at Bells – I usually surf well at Bells so hopefully I can do it” said Tyler Wright after the final.


Paige Hareb (Taranaki/New Zealand) celebrating her big win.

Paige Hareb (Taranaki/New Zealand) celebrating her big win.