SYDNEY, Australia (Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008) – The 2007 Billabong ASP World Junior Championships will kick off in good 1.5 meter waves at Sydney's North Narrabeen beach, this morning.
Organisers have called for an 08h00 (local time) start, which will see four heats of the Girls division completed before Round 1 of the Boys division gets underway at around 10h00.
The Girls division sees a heat draw stacked with future world beaters; French Pro Junior Girls champion Pauline Ado taking on Marina Weneck (BRA) and 2007 Vans Rookie of the Triple Crown Coco Ho (HAW), in the first heat of the day.
All four girls heats look set to reveal world class surfing with World Junior Champion Courtney Conologue (USA) featuring in Heat 2, South African Junior Champion Nikita Robb in Heat 3 and Australia's foremost junior girls Sally Fitzgibbons and Laura Enever set to clash in Heat 4.
The first heat of the Boys division will see Hawaii's Tonino Benson take on Tatsuya Fukagawa (JPN) and Shu Hagiwara (JPN).
Heats will be 30-minutes in length with a maximum of two waves counting towards a surfers overall heat score.
A total field of 48 junior men, 18 junior women plus four wildcards from eight surfing regions, feature in this year's Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.
The event will be broadcast live via the internet on www.billabongpro.com.
For more information log-on to www.aspworldtour.com
The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships are supported by Panasonic, The Association of Surfing Professionals, Von Zipper, The Warringah Shire Council and Surfing NSW.
Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Girls Round 1 Match- Ups:
Heat 1: Pauline Ado (FRA); Marina Werneck (BRA); Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 2: Courtney Conologue (USA); Paige Hareb (NZL); Tarryn Chudleigh (ZAF)
Heat 3: Nikita Robb (ZAF); Kirby Wright (AUS); Asako Mizuno (JPN)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS); Laura Enever (AUS); Alessa Cuizon (HAW)
Heat 5: Bruna Schitz (BRA); Sage Erickson (USA); Nao Omura (JPN)
Heat 6: Airini Mason (NZL); Lee Ann Curren (FRA); Leila Hurst (HAW)
Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Round 1 Match- ups:
Heat 1: Tonino Benson (HAW); Tatsuya Fukagawa (JAP); Shu Hagiwara (JAP)
Heat 2: Dusty Payne (HAW); Charlie Brown (BRA); Nicolau Von Rupp (DEU)
Heat 3: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA); Julian Wilson (AUS); Beau Atchison (AUS)
Heat 4: Charles Martin (GLP); Cory Arrambide (USA); Angelo Lozano (MEX)
Heat 5: Robson Santos (BRA); Brandon Jackson (ZAF); Jean-Heifara Tahutini (PYF)
Heat 6: Tanner Gudauskas (USA); Casey Brown (HAW); Giancarlo Zampieri (BRA)
Heat 7: Mason Ho (HAW); John John Florence (HAW); Casey Grant (ZAF)
Heat 8: Adriana De Souza (BRA); Nick Rosza (USA); Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 9: Pablo Paulino (BRA); Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK); Yan Guinaraes (BRA)
Heat 10: Matt Wilkinson (AUS); Torrey Meister (HAW); Tamaroa McComb (PYF)
Heat 11: Romain Cloitre (FRA); Clay Marzo (HAW); Kento Takahashi (JPN)
Heat 12: Mitchell Coleborn (AUS); Brandon Roberts (ZAF); Jayke Sharp (AUS)
Heat 13: Chris Waring (USA); Kyle Ramey (HAW); Heath Joske (AUS)
Heat 14: Rudy Palmboom (ZAF); Adrien Valero (FRA); Klee Strachan (ZAF)
Heat 15: Granger Larsen (HAW); Keito Matsuoka (JPN); Brett Shearer (ZAF)
Heat 16: Josh Redman (ZAF); Adam Wickwire (USA); Osawa Nobuyuki (JPN)