SURFERS finally saw some action at North Narrabeen yesterday with surfable waves marking the start of the ASP junior world championships.
Byron Bay’s Garrett Parkes was the surprise winner of his heat, scoring a last-minute eight-point ride to book his passage through to round three.
Trailing by half a point with less than a minute remaining, Parkes grabbed the last wave of the heat and jagged a nice ride to extract scores of 7-8.5 from the judges and overhaul Reunion’s Maxime Huscenot, who must now surf his way through the elimination round two.
Conditions, however, deteriorated late in the day, preventing remaining local pair Owen Wright and Stu Kennedy from contesting their heats.
Earlier in the day, Lennox Head’s Tyler Wright progressed to the third round with a second-place finish in the girl’s division.
Wright, 15, was beaten into second place by Malia Manual of Hawaii who already has experience on the World Qualifying Circuit.