Billabong World Pro Jr Championship
It was a clear sky with heat where you could fry an egg on the sidewalk!!! Then, the wind picked up and rained. The unpredictable weather often made the competition stormy where things didn’t go according to script at all. As for the Men’s division, up-and-coming Aussie riders such as Yadin Nicol, Luke Dorrington, James Wood were beating one after another. Even, a former junior champion, Ben Dunn lost in the main-round quickly. More amazingly, riders provided nothing remarkable before making a hard charge to the top.
The Pro Junior circuit is on the high level now. The top riders are not the only one’s that have top-level skills. Young riders burn a fighting spirit to overtake the top rider. Containing a trick skill element has become a basic staple. Riders are required to entertain the judges where they try their best on each and every ride. Jeremy Flores was striking and splendid. His air is the art where a high score comes naturally for him.
As for the Women’s division, Jessi Miley-Dyer turned out to show her dignity. She fought with Nicola Atherton at the final heat, and it was amazing. Their desperate passion to win came across through every single scoring mark. It was touch and go whether if they’d have started the fight during the game. Stephanie Gilmore’s Ricoh (round house cut back) was splendid. Diana Cristina of BLA kicked out a high point by cool riding. Everybody was good…
The operation was large scale where people got off watching the live air on a big TV screen with a huge media following. One impressive portion of the tournament was that many pros doubled as tournament staff. The next goal is WCT. Rebecca and Jesse both moved to WCT from pro Jr. Stephanie grabbed her 1st victory already.
- Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)
- Michel Bourez (PYF)
- Hank Gaskell (HAW)
- Jean da Silva (BRA)
- Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
- Nicola Atherton (AUS)
- Nikita Robb (ZAF)
- Mizuki Hagiwara (JPN)