Birthday: May 4, 1990 Hometown: Currumbin, Queensland, Australia Stance: Regular Sponsors: Hurley, Electric, Gorilla Grip, Ocean and Earth, FCS, Dorrington Surfboards Results: 3rd: 2008 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge ($4,500) 3rd: 2008 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Qualifier Australasia
The energetic Mitch Crews 3rd place result in the ’08 Oakley Pro Junior Australasia Qualifier positioned him as the first alternate for the Global Challenge should some un-foreseen circumstance prevent one of his fellow countrymen (1st place Julian Wilson (AUS), 2nd place Lincoln Taylor (AUS)) from competing. Julian Wilson sustained a ankle injury mid way through last year, which is what opened up the door for Mitch. The natural footer took full advantage of the opportunity despite a Round 1 loss to Keitio Matsuoka (JAP) and Romain Cloitre (FRA). Dominating his repecharge heat with fellow countryman Lincoln Taylor, Crews went on to defeat Jason “J-Hare” Harris (USA), Crisanto Peterson (BRA), and fell to Dusty Payne (HI) in the semis, who went on to win the Global Challenge. Crews is a spirited and ripping Aussie grom with a bright future.