|Boardmasters 2011 Day Five|
Friday, August 12: Fistral Beach, Newquay, England. The ASP 6-Star Relentless Boardmasters in assoc. with Vans witnessed a near perfect performance by ASP Pro Junior World champ, Jack Freestone (Gold Coast, AUS) 19. He excelled in the fun 3-4ft peaks of Fistral beach to amass 19.60 out of 20 combined 2-wave heat total
Round Four of competition was completed late this afternoon with Freestone leading the 16 surfers who remain in contention for this year's Relentless Boardmasters in assoc. with Vans title.
Freestone put on one of the best heat displays seen in the entire 30 year history of the Relentless Boardmasters in assoc. with Vans when he took to the air with a series of aerials which contained a combination of grabs as well as lightening fast forehand snaps to post a total of four excellent scores, two of which were almost perfect 9.7s and a 9.9 out of 10.
"It was all pretty amazing. I was paddling out and I was seeing a lot of good waves with a lot of ramps to do airs so that was what I was going for. I noticed the tide coming in and I was a little bit worried because it looked like it was getting harder but in the end everything went my way."
Freestone is one of several young guns including Kolohe Andino (USA) 17, and Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17, who have the world's focus placed firmly on them and their performances. The added pressure of moving up to the ASP Star tour from the ASP Junior series is a massive step for any surfer wishing to make it to the elite ASP World Tour.
"It was a bit of a struggle at the start to find my feet moving from the Juniors to the Star Tour," explained Freestone about the step up in category. "I am so glad that now in this event I am starting to get it together. Even though they (Andino and Medina) are younger than me, I look up to those guys because they are getting totals like what I just had in every heat. Even though I am older I am still learning from the younger guys."
Flavio Nakagima (Sao Paulo, BRA) 23, on his first visit to Fistral beach, advanced through to the man-on-man round of competition with one of the standout performances of the event in both his heat appearances today. In what was the most spectacular heat of Round Three with all 4 surfers acquiring excellent scores, Nakagima pulled off a near perfect 9.43 out of 10 to jump into the lead and take the win.
"My heat was very hard and in the last 30 seconds I got the best wave of the competition, a 9.4 so I am so happy. I felt a lot of pressure out there with the other surfers in the heat who are all very good surfers. We all had excellent scores at the start and the game was on."
Later in the afternoon, Nakagima backed up to finish runner-up behind an inform Mitch Crews (AUS) to claim his best result of the season with explosive on the rail smashes and high flying aerial assaults.