Chris Friend (Alex Headland, Qld) today won the prestigious Mick Fanning Red Bull Junior Surf Masters on the Gold Coast walking away with a whopping $AUS 10,000 ! Photo Credit: Calderon/Surfing Queensland.
In excellent, one-metre conditions, Friend outpointed youngster Matt Banting (Port Macquarie, NSW), in a thrilling final which was decided by the smallest of margins.
In a seesawing final, Friend posted a combined two-wave heat total of 14.60 (out of a possible 20) to Bantingâ€™s 14.50 clinching the win by only 0.10 of a point.
One of 12 Mick Fanning hand picked wildcards, Friend was in blistering form throughout the entire with the elated Sunshine Coaster ecstatic with his historic win.
â€śI finished second in the Hurley Burleigh Pro Junior at the beginning on the year and missed out on $25,000 at that event, so this is definitely a nice reward,â€ť said Friend.
â€śTo surf in front of two-time world champion Mick Fanning was a massive thrill and competing against Australiaâ€™s best junior surfers always pushes you to want to do well,â€ť he said.
Friend was one of only a handful of the countryâ€™s top junior surfers selected by Mick Fanning to compete in the event, which is a specialty, invitational competition.
For his efforts today, Friend walked away with a whopping $AUS 10,000 â€“ one of the biggest cheques in professional junior surfing.