Lee-Ann Curren Wins the Kustom
Jetty Surf Pro Junior
Above: Sally Fitzgibbons scored the four
highest waves of the event en route to winning the 2007 ASP
World Junior Title. Photo: ASP Robertson © Covered Images.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lee-Ann Curren Wins the Kustom Jetty Surf
JAN JUC BEACH, Australia (Saturday, January
12, 2008) - French surfer Lee-Ann Curren achieved the biggest
win of her professional surfing career by winning today’s
Kustom Jetty Surf Pro Junior at Jan Juc beach in Victoria.
The eighteen year old daughter of former
3 time world surfing champion Tom Curren (USA) defeated a
classy field of Australia’s very best Pro Junior surfers
with the highlight being her big scoring semi final victory
over the recently crowned ASP World Junior Champion Sally
Fitzgibbons (Geroa/Sth Coast NSW).
Fitzgibbons was a red hot favourite to
win today’s event but found herself under pressure throughout
the semi final after Curren scored an excellent 8.5 (out of
a possible 10) opening ride. Curren then backed that ride
up with a strong 5.25 ride in the onshore 1m waves leaving
Fitzgibbons chasing a 7.5 to try and take the win –
Fitzgibbons caught two good 6 point rides in her chase but
was unable to overtake Curren.
The final was one sided with Curren again
finding an excellent 8 point ride and posting a final two
wave tally of 13 points to easily defeat Angela Keighran (Coff’s
Harbor/NSW) on 6.75.
“ It’s my biggest win so
far – I didn’t expect to win the semi final against
Fitzgibbons and really just went out in that semi with no
pressure on myself and tried to simply surf well and have
fun – I think that helped my chances because I was enjoying
the surf, found the best wave that came through and won the
semi!” – “There was more pressure on me
in the final because I figured I should win after beating
Sally in the semi – fortunately that’s how it
Angela Keighran’s second place
today was the best result of her career and begins her 2008
ASP Australasia Pro Junior season on the perfect note.
“I’m aiming to make semi
finals at all events this season on the Pro Junior circuit
so today has been great. Lee Ann’s a really smooth and
stylish surfer and I knew she’d be hard to beat in the
final but I was still confident – unfortunately I didn’t
really find any decent scoring rides in that final and was
never really in a position to win, but I’m happy with
today’s result and as the top placed Australian I’m
in a good position after the first event – my aim is
to make the top 2 on the season ratings and qualify for the
ASP World Junior Titles by the end of the year.”
Keighran performed much better in her
quarter and semi finals today, defeating Queensland Sunshine
Coast surfer Lori Kelly (Caloundra) in her semi final.
Apart from Sally Fitzgibbon’s loss
in her semi final, a number of other highly rated girls were
early eliminations. Laura Enever (Nth Narrabeen) was bundled
out of the event in her quarter final along with highly seeded
surfers Kirby Wright and Kirstie Jones (Both Sth Coast NSW).
All the girls, including Lee Ann Curren,
remain in Victoria for the coming two weeks for ASP events
at Gunnamatta (Ozmosis/Nova Pro Junior) and Phillip Island
(Roxy Women’s Surfing Festival).
The Pro Junior Men’s division of
the Kustom Jetty Surf Pro Junior did not surf today –
Twenty –four surfers remain in the event and organizers
are optimistic of a swell increase in the coming two days
which will complete this division in excellent waves –
hopefully at Bells Beach.
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