Kennedy rides wave to big time
LENNOX Head's Stuart Kennedy has claimed overall victory on the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series.
It puts him into the stellar league of such successful pro surfers as Jake Patterson, Beau Emerton, Taj Burrow, Trent Munro, Darren O'Rafferty, Joel Parkinson, Adrian Buchan, Luke Munro and Dan Ross.
The win caps a remarkable year for the 19-year-old and if history is anything to go by we can expect to see Kennedy's name among the ASP's Top 45 soon.
While Kennedy may have started the year with an underdog win in the Jetty Surf Pro Junior at Bells Beach, from that point on he has definitely been the one to beat.
He has led the ratings since that first outing and, with only two events left, has amassed an unassailable lead.
In his best eight of 11 events, Kennedy has scored two wins and his lowest counting score is a fifth placing - an awesome result.
The ASP news service quoted him this week as saying: “I'm totally stoked to win the Junior Series. I've had a really good year on the Junior Tour and it's great to have met my goals.
“I am now preparing for some WQS events in Europe as I want to gain a good seed position for the 2009 WQS.
“I'm really looking forward to the ASP World Junior Championships at Narrabeen in January.”
Kennedy's ratings win secures him a berth in the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships at North Narrabeen in January, where a win would most certainly launch him on to the major world circuits.