DEEP WATER: Byron Bay’s Garrett Parkes flies down the line today at the Oakley Pro Junior running at Stradbroke Island yesterday.
DEEP WATER: Byron Bay’s Garrett Parkes flies down the line today at the Oakley Pro Junior running at Stradbroke Island yesterday. Steve Robertson

Parkes, Kennedy bow out in similar fashion

BYRON BAY’S Garrett Parkes yesterday bowed out to Brazil’s Jadson Andre in round five of the Oakley Pro Junior running at Stradbroke Island in Queensland.

Parkes finished the event in equal 9th position, as did Lennox Head’s Stuart Kennedy, who also fell yesterday to Brazil’s Miguel Pupo.

There was better news for Lennox Head’s newest resident Owen Wright, however, who continued his great run to win through to today’s quarter finals where he’ll face Gold Coast youngster Jack Freestone.

Coolangatta carver Freestone went from strength-to-strength, progressing through his round four heat before smashing Currarong’s Jordi Watson in a one-sided, round five affair.

The innovative natural foot netting an 8.00 and 7.00 to finish with a two-wave total of 15.00 to Watson’s 8.55.

An excited Freestone said he was pleased to get through the day’s rounds.

“It’s my best ever result at a pro junior event,” said Freestone.

“I’m pretty frothing right now. Hopefully I can continue my form into tomorrow’s finals round.”

Pryor’s dream run at the prestigious junior event continued, ousting Casuarina ripper Brent Savage in their sudden-death, round five heat.

In a one-man show, Pryor amassed a 13.75 heat-winning total to outpoint Savage’s 9.65 tally.
Pryor will now take on Ulladulla’s Sam Wrench in tomorrow’s quarter-finals, while Freestone will face off with No.1 seed Owen Wright.


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