Congratulations Jack Freestone!! 2X World Junior Champ!
Jack Freestone took out the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali over Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau in a battle of the in-form surfers of the event. With the swell dropping and unfavourable winds, the surfers were forced of unleash their aerial attacks in the 2 to 3 foot (1.5 meter) punchy surf at Keramas today.
Freestone who also won the ASP World Junior Title in 2010 joins current ASP WCT No.1 Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Pablo Paulino (BRA) in an elite club of three surfers to have claimed multiple men's ASP World Junior Titles.
"It's amazing to follow in Joel (Parkinson's) footsteps," Freestone said. "He's my favouite surfer and we're both from Coolangatta, so it feels amazing right now. He's on the Men's ASP World Championship Tour, that's where I want to be so hopefully this gives me the confidence to know that I can get there."
This year's ASP World Junior Champion was decided at a standalone event, the Oakley ASP World Junior Championship Bali as opposed to a series of events. Freestone is truly a deserving winner after battling through a stellar field of the world's best junior surfers and an array of conditions ranging from shifty beachbreaks at Canggu, big Keramas tubes and windy, rampy Keramas on the Final day.
"When I won the ASP World Junior Title in 2010 it was just luck," Freestone said. "I was out of the event and had to sit and wait for certain people to win and lose. This event was much different because it's the only one, but I never put pressure on myself and it must have worked. I wasn't even going to enter this event a few months ago, but I'm so glad I did! I feel amazing right now."
Freestone went on a frenzy in that heat, posting multiple scores in the excellent range, with Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Head Judge Glen Elliot describing the heat as - "one of the best displays of technical aerial surfing in one heat in ASP history. Jack (freestone) landed two stalefish grabs, a slob grab and full rotation Kerrupt grab air-reverse. People will be talking about that heat for a long time."
OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S FINAL RESULT:
Jack Freestone (AUS) 13.83 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 13.77
OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S SEMIFINAL RESULTS: