The Billabong World Junior Championships are going on this week, and we’ve been up on the world’s most prestigious junior surfing tournament!
From January 21st – 29th, Australia’s Burleigh Heads will play host to the to the third and final event of the 2011 ASP World Junior Tour, bringing together the world’s top 45 male junior surfers (plus three wildcards) (aged 15-20) and the top 17 rated junior women’s surfers (plus one wildcard) from countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, including the USA, Brazil, Japan, Tahiti, South Africa, France and Portugal.
It will be the first time the event has been held on the Gold Coast, which happens to be just a mile down the road from Billabong’s headquarters. Former venues include Sydney’s North Narrabeen, Victoria’s Phillip Island and Maui’s Honolua Bay.
The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast decides the Men’s and Women’s ASP World Junior Champions. The men’s total prize pool for the men’s division is $100,000 with the winner receiving $25,000. The women’s total prize pool is $25,000 with the winner receiving $5,000.
The men’s and women’s world junior champions will be crowned alongside ASP Men’s champion Kelly Slater (USA) and ASP Women’s champion Carissa Moore (Haw) at the upcoming ASP World Champions banquet on the Gold Coast, February 23rd.
Every heat from the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast will be webcast live. If you can’t get to the beach, enjoy the action via www.billabongpro.com. There will be loads of expert commentary, replays, stats, multiple camera angles, viewer interactivity and more.
Good luck to all!