The first Semi saw Jerry going head to head with former World Champ, Damian King (AUS), Guilherme Tamega (BRZ) and Brad Hughes (AUS). If I remember correctly it was Damian who opened his account early on, followed by Tamega and Jerry scoring a sick barrel ride somewhere in the region of 6.3. Jerry's second score came from a high flying invert over Backdoor, a wave he effectively made use of during his heats to administer the "death blow" to his competitors. Kingy was leading the pack with Hughes struggling to catch a keeper and Tamega going for broke in order to overtake Jerry. We had another scare with just over 5 minutes to go in the heat when Jerry took off on a bomb of a Pipe set and got caught the mutant lip while trying to boost.
"I was so lucky with that wave at Pipe because it was a big North wave, it only peaked on the end of Pipe and closed out on the sandbar section so where I hit it, it was actually totally safe! I penetrated the water and came straight back up, didn't even sniff the bottom!
That semi was really nerve racking. I had just surfed against Tamega in the quarters and had seen him all season, everyone knows what a madman he is, but I can quite honestly say that no one back home really understands just how good this guy is and how fiercely he competes. Once I had those 2 scores and knew I was in second with 6 minutes to go I was actually so bummed! All I could think was that I have come too far to get into a bad position. Tamega needed a 7.3 or something to get ahead of me, something very achievable for him. God really smiled upon me and no real sets came through, the only one that did get he got too adventurous and never made the barrel. From there on I just did my best to ensure I was close enough to him to be able to get the wave before he did. When that buzzer went I completely freaked out!", said Jerry.
"Jerry seemed really overwhelmed with the whole situation and I just wanted him to relax and surf like never before and HE SURE DID!! I now know Jerry is unbreakable as he hit every section he could at Backdoor. It was one of the best finals I have ever watched and I felt so proud", commented McCarthy on the build up to and events during the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro.
With a smile wider than the Cheshire Cats Jerry prepare himself for the heat of his young career against Damian King, Reunion Islander Amaury Lavernhe and fellow dark horse, Diego Cabrera. Pipe was still on and we were set for an action packed 30 minutes of mind blowing bodyboarding. I was as confused as ever for the first five minutes because the online results showed that Jerry was in the yellow singlet and Amaury was supposed to be in white. Something must have changed on the beach, or someone must have gotten it wrong online because I was, as I can imagine all of Jerry and Amaury's supporters were, going nuts seeing yellow scoop into solid Pipe pits and boost near perfect flips on the way out. Either way Amaury owned it wave after wave and was justly rewarded with a perfect 10 point ride. Hot on his heels was Canary Islander, Diego Cabrera, who also made use of the Pipe ramp to throw down a couple of flips. After Amaury had set himself a total score of 17.5 it would have taken something spectacular to catch him, so the battle was on for second place. Cabrera had a couple of good scores and for the first part of the final Jerry struggled to find a decent ride. True to form he dug deep and pulled together a couple of gems and ended the heat was a meagre 0.45 behind Cabrera, who took second, with Damian King in fourth and Amaury Lavernhe rightfully claiming his place in the history books as Pipe Champ!
"When I came in from the final I was just in a state of euphoria! I cannot describe how I felt. I just knew that it had come from hard work and determination and at the same time I felt so blessed and lucky! Seeing all my friends in such a state with me was second to none and I just couldn't wait to get on the phone back home! This has always been a major dream of mine, but funnily enough not something I thought I would achieve so early on in my career. The boys were phenomenal on the beach, I couldn't have done it without them!" said Jerry.
Some of the worlds best bodyboarders have landed in the Gold Coast for the final leg of the 2009 Rebel Sport Pro presented by Movement Mag.
Conditions cleaned up considerably today and Duranbah dished up some consistent 1.0 metres wedges.
Jarred Houston of Cape Town in South Africa put on the most unbelievable display of surfing and is now crowd favourite to cause a major upset at this years event.
Houston knocked up a phenomenal 19.43 combined wave total which included a perfect 10 for a massive back flip and a 9.43 as his second scoring wave for a huge invert (see pics below).
Second in his heat Conor Nelson managed to only put together 10.43, with Simon Cowan placing third with 10.50.
"I am really happy with how things went, I think that I got the best two waves that came through today so I couldn't do anything else, I just had to hit them," said Houston
Jarred Houston moved from South Africa six months ago as he wished to further his career in Bodyboarding.
Since moving he's been caught charging waves on the South Coast of NSW and he is rapidly growing a solid reputation whose surfing has been compared to Ben Player by many in the bodyboarding fraternity.....
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