140 OF THE WORLD’S BEST JUNIOR SURFERS SET FOR THE 2010 OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR

Monday, February 8, 2010

North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Monday 8th February 2010: 140 of the world’s best professional junior surfers are set to invade the pristine North Stradbroke Island (Queensland, Australia) for the 2010 Grade – 5, AUD$30,000 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Oakley Pro Junior.

Running from February 9-13 and held in the famous waves surrounding North Stradbroke Island, The Oakley Pro Junior is the first stop of Oakley’s international junior surfing series, which is grown to become one of the most notable in the world.

This week’s Australasia event will spearhead 2010’s Oakley Pro junior series, which includes competitions in South Africa, USA, Brazil, Japan, and Europe – culminating in Bali with the Oakley ASP World Junior Event, which has just been confirmed as part of the brand new ASP World Junior Tour (WJT).

Now in its fourth year, the Australasian Oakley Pro Junior is one of the richest and most prestigious professional junior surfing events in the world and the event’s lineup reflects that.

Headlining the competition will be local star and current ASP Australasia Junior Men’s ratings leader Mitch Crews (Currumbin, Qld), as well as fellow Queenslander Chris Friend (Alex Headland, Qld), Davey Cathels (Narrabeen, NSW), Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW) and a host of internationals including Chad Du-Toit (South Africa) and Nat Young (USA) to name just a few.

Top competitors from this week’s event will qualify for the October’s Oakley ASP World Junior Event (Bali), where they will compete for their share in the world’s richest junior surfing prize-pool of $75,000.

The Oakley Pro Junior is proudly supported by Xbox 360, ASP Australasia, Surfing Queensland, Waves Magazine, Red Bull, Stradbroke Ferries, Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel, Stradbroke Island Holidays, Redland City Council, surfermag.com, Surfing Magazine and wavewatch.com

Visit www.oakleyprojunior.com <http://www.oakleyprojunior.com/> for news, photos and updates relating to the 2010 Oakley Pro Junior.

The Oakley Pro Junior will commence February 9 and conclude on February 13, 2010.
2010 ASP Australasian Junior Men’s Series Ratings

1. Mitch Crews (Currumbin, QLD) – 6490 points

2. Chris Friend (Alexandra Headland, QLD) – 5930 points

3. Davey Cathels (Narrabeen, NSW) – 5420 points

4. Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW) – 5000 points

5. Chris Salisbury (Newport, NSW) – 4400 points

About The Oakley Pro Junior Series

The Oakley Pro Junior series has arrived as the premier forum to showcase the abilities and hone the competitive aptitude of the world’s best junior surfers. The idea for the Oakley Pro Junior series came to fruition four years ago and has since expanded to now include events in South Africa, Brazil, France, and Australia, among others.

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