The event ran last year as the first event on the 2011/2012 ASP Australasia and ASP Japan Pro Junior Series, it scored great waves and was a huge success. However, the tough economic climate being experienced throughout the globe has forced the event to be removed from the calendar this year.
ASP Australasia General Manager Dane Jordan was disappointed to hear the news, but thankful to Billabong for their commitment to Pro Junior surfing.
“At all levels of our sport events are under financial pressure,” Jordan said. “We’re grateful to Billabong for their longstanding support of our Pro Junior Series. They still sponsor the Australian Open of Surfing Pro Junior along with Hurley and we look forward to working with them again at that event next year. Cloud 9 was a fantastic event, at a truly world-class location, but the remote location also added excessive running costs to the event and provided a number of logistical challenges. We are continually chasing new sponsorships to help our Pro Junior Series stay strong and support up-and-coming surfers from this part of the world.”
There are currently no more ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series events on the calendar for this year. ASP Australasia are holding off announcing series champions and ASP World Junior Tour qualifiers as there’s a chance more events could be signed up before the September cut-off date.