FIVE MINUTES WITH JACK FREESTONE
Five Minutes with Jack Freestone
The Current World Junior Champ Gears up for the Oakley Pro Junior at Lowers
When Australia’s Jack Freestone puts on his jersey for the Oakley Pro Junior at Lowers, he’ll be doing so with a figurative red and white target slapped on his back. As the current ASP World Junior Champion, Freestone will undoubtedly be a prized scalp for everyone in the contest. With the opening heat horn slated for the first week in May, we had Jack chime in on international rivalries, his history with Lowers, and whom he sees as his main competition.
When you show up at the Oakley Pro Junior at Lowers, you’ll be taking on a lot of the best surfers in the world at what is arguably one of the most rippable waves in the US. How familiar are you with the lineup?
Yeah, I’ve surfed the wave about three or four times and Lowers is definitely one of the best waves on the planet. It seems like it’s basically a skate park for surfers. So I’m pretty much psyching.
How has becoming the World Junior champ changed your career?
Well it really is the biggest junior event there is and winning it gives you a major kick-start into the ’QS. But it’s such a hard event to compete in because all of the best junior surfers in the world are there and they all want to win. So whoever wins it deserves the credit.
In your eyes, are there many difference between American and Australian surfers?
You know, not really. I don’t really see too much of a difference. Everyone is into the same thing at the moment. Everyone is really flarey and futuristic.
Going into the event, who do you view as your biggest competition?
It’s tough to say, but I guess I’d say everyone. You can’t just say you’re looking at just the main guys anymore, because everyone surfs so good. You can never underestimate your opponent.
What kind of a reputation does Lowers have in Australia?
I can’t really speak for everyone else, but I see the wave as really suiting a lot of flarey and futuristic surfing.
Other than competing at the comp, what do you look forward to doing in California while you’re here?
You know, I just really love the place in itself. So for the most part, I’m going to try and enjoy it. I’ll be just hanging around seeing everyone and surfing as much as I can.