Day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS kicked off this morning with the competitors heading into fun, contestable waves on the morning low tide. Once again it was all about small-wave surfing performance, and the best junior surfers in the country were whipping their boards around in waist-high conditions in a bid to make the Finals of their respective divisions.
In the Pro Junior men's division it was Joshe Faulkner, Slade Prestwich, Diran Zakarian and Jordy Maree who shined brightest, doing enough to impress the judges and win their respective heats. Anoush Zakarian, Chanelle Botha and Gina Smith were stand-outs in the Pro Junior women's, and local surfer Ford van Jaarsveld and Bevan Willis were both heat winners in their respective U16 Boys heats, packing in the moves in the small but clean waves.
"It was quite challenging out there, and you had to be really picky to get the best ones, and try and get a lot of speed out of them," said Smith after her Semifinal heat. "We had mostly lefts and there weren't that many so I got super busy, because with such few waves every minute counts, and it was actually pretty fun. This contest has been amazing, and everyone's super-stoked here at the event."
Contest organisers opted for a dual contest format, with half of the competitors moving across to a peak at Crons, while the Pro Junior division continued to battle it out at the Main Peak at Long Beach.
"We saw a nice little sand bank forming over at Crons and decided to catch up some of the heats we didn't run yesterday," said Billabong's Marketing Manager Chad D'Arcy. "There are some great little waves there for the juniors, they're getting some high scoring rides, and this is great practice for the ASP World Qualifying Series (QS) as they often experience smaller waves, and our surfers need to hone their skills when the waves are small."
The conditions remained highly contestable throughout the afternoon. Utilizing the dual contest format, the large number of competitors eventually whittled down to those who will be surfing the Semifinals and Finals. Conditions for Day 3 are predicted to pick up slightly with promise for an exciting finish to this the 50th Billabong Junior Series event.