ASP Australasia Pro Junior ratings leader Stuart Kennedy, of Lennox Head, showed why he is now regarded as one of the country’s top juniors with a dominant performance that saw him defeat Jayke Sharp (Coffs Harbour, NSW) in the final of the SunSmart Pro Junior at Trigg Beach in Western Australia.

Stuart, who made his first trip to Western Australia to compete in the event, won every heat he surfed on route to securing the $6000 winner’s cheque.

This was his second win for the year and has him sitting a comfortable 4000 points ahead of his nearest rival Lincoln Taylor (Qld), with Jayke Sharp following closely in third position.

The final was held in testing conditions at Trigg Beach with clean 1m-1.5m waves offering some high scoring potential to those who were lucky enough to catch the better waves.

The 30-minute final provided spectators with a great display of high-performance surfing with Kennedy and Sharp trading blows with each wave caught.

Kennedy started the final with his typical approach, locking away a 6.25 point ride within the opening five minutes of the heat and built from there, using his priority and superior wave selection to pip Sharp with a total of 13.50 point from a possible 20.

“I’m over the moon, I’ve never been to WA before and I was a bit bummed when I arrived and saw the waves, but my old man just told me to stick it out and that’s what I did,” said Kennedy.

The ASP says the newly introduced SunSmart Pro Junior has been seen as a huge success and will be definitely be a returning to the ASP junior calendar in 2009.     

PICTURE: Stuart Kennedy in action in the final (courtesy of Woolacott Images).