Subway Surf Series Pro Junior
WSL Pro Junior
Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia
23 - 25 January, 2017
Heazlewood capitalises on solid early rounds performance at North Cronulla Beach
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 January, 2017 - Macy Callaghan and Reef Heazlewood have claimed event two on the Subway Surf Series, taking out exciting finals in punchy two-foot conditions at North Cronulla Beach.
Lightening fast goofy-footer Reef Heazlewood (Moffatt Beach, Qld) capitalised on his solid early round performances, notching up a giant 16.35 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to take out the Men’s division, the highest of the whole event. Heazlewood, turned the heads of judges and spectators in the final, executing an array of critical turns to claim the top spot on the dais.
“I’m so stoked to take this out and that there was a pulse of waves in the final,” said Heazlewood. “Kyuss was definitely in form all event and I knew I’d have to fight hard to beat him. Overall, that was a really fun final.”
Despite falling short of the victory, Kyuss King (Byron Bay, NSW) is walking away from the Subway® Surf Series with his head held high, following the exciting final with Heazlewood. King put up a valiant effort in the final, but was unable to find the 8.85 wave score needed to usurp the top spot from Heazlewood.
“That was great to have a heat with Reef,” said King. “I really wanted to do well in this event following a poor start at Bells, so I’m stoked to do it here. Hopefully, I can get a few more over the course of the year.”
Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) continued her tear through 2017, taking out the Women’s division. Following her recent victories at the World Junior Championship and the 2017 Carve Pro QS1000, Callaghan continued to blow away her opposition with her trademark style and flair to make it a hat-trick of victories. Callaghan is now focused on making a solid mark on the Qualifying Series as she attempts to qualify for the World Championship Tour.
“It feels great to take this out,” said Callaghan. “This win really hasn’t sunk in yet, but I’m sure I’ll be elated when it does. The start of this year is all a bit of a blur, I’d love to keep the roll going. The goal now is to qualify for the World Tour.”
Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Whale Beach, NSW) opted to stay busy over the duration of the final, notching up 13 waves over the course of the 30-minute affair. Leigh-Jones knocked out an array of manoeuvres but was unable to find the necessary 7.60 needed to knock Callaghan from the top position.
“I’m stoked with this result,” said Leigh-Jones. “My previous best result was a quarterfinal finish in a Pro Junior, so this has definitely beaten that and to share it with a World Champion is an amazing feeling.”
The Subway® Surf Series will commence each day at 7:30 am with the call for the day's schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45 am. The event hotline number is 0458 247 212 which will leave a voice recorded message each morning of the event.
The WSL sanctioned Subway® Pro Junior events, which includes 18 and under boys and girls divisions, form part of the 2017 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), providing the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title at the World Surf League Junior Championships in 2018.
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 1 - Bells Beach, VIC - Jan 14 - 15, 2017
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 2 - Cronulla, NSW - 23 - 25 Jan, 2017 (3 DAY)
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 3 - Avoca, NSW - Mar 4 - 6, 2017 (3 DAY)
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 4 - Trigg, WA - Mar 18 - 19, 2017
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 5 - Kiama, NSW - Apr 8 - 9, 2017
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 6 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - Apr 22 - 23, 2017
Subway Pro Junior - EVENT 7 - Gold Coast, QLD - May 6 - 7, 2017