Friday, October 16, 2009 Updated: June 15, 11:56 AM ET
Sunset Pumps in Memory of Ronnie
Kiron Jabour won the Billabong Junior Pro in Memory of Ronnie Burns
at Sunset Beach in the last 10 seconds of the final heat. The 18-year-old, North Shore resident narrowly captured victory by catching a barrel in the final moments that catapulted Jabour from fourth to first place.
"That final heat was really inconsistent and there was no waves at all. Stoked I got that wave in the end," Jabour said, "I thought I was too deep and the wave was going to crumble and not be a barrel at all. But, then I squeezed through. I think if I was half a second later, I would have been too deep and would've got clipped."
Sunset Point was a barrel fest, with a plethora of tubing overhead waves for the 20-and under-year-old competitors. A decreasing Northwest swell and variable winds offered 4-to 8-foot wave face heights for the event.
To no one's surprise, Carissa Moore
took the Womens Junior, notching the only 10-point ride of the contest, in the semifinal.
"Conditions were firing," said Jabour of the waves at Sunset yesterday. "Really good Sunset Point probably the best Sunset Point I've ever surfed. Barrels in every heat. You couldn't ask for anything more."
More remarkable then the pristine barreling waves, is the fact that Jabour
won the Billabong Pro Junior on an injured foot. He tweaked his wheel in a practice session on Monday while surfing Sunset.
"I was surfing Sunset Point and my fin whacked me and I had to get six stitches," he added, "I was resting it and didn't get to surf (on Tuesday) until my heats."
Kiron not only won the Junior, but he also gets the nod for the ESPN Surfing's "Spray of the week."
Luckily, Jabour's injury didn't inhibit his surfing and his experience at Sunset Beach played a big factor in the win. Jabour won the No Fear Junior Pro
at Sunset last year. While last year was a decisive victory, the Billabong Pro Junior was a nail-biter for Jabour.
"I don't think I've ever had such a close win in the final," said Jabour, "and it's such a big deal to get it with less than a minute left."