WAYNE Deane has described his son Noa as a better surfer than he was, as the youngest Deane prepares for a shot at the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali.
The competition's waiting period started yesterday.
Wayne, world longboard champion in 1990, said Noa, 17, who had grown 10 inches in the past year, was beginning to emerge from his growing phase and was mentally ready to perform at Bali.
Noa was given a late wildcard by his sponsor Oakley, and had to abandon a pro junior event at the Philippines - where he had made the quarter-finals - to get a replacement for his lost passport and fly to Bali.
Despite the dramas, Wayne said Noa had a good mindset heading into the competition.
"His head is in the right space, and I think he is in a position to do quite well at the event.
"His growing is starting to slow down, and he is starting to put it all together."
Wayne is amazed at the skill of today's junior surfer.
"Noa is way better than I ever was.
"They are doing things we dreamt about, with the equipment they have, the knowledge, and the time they have in the water."
Noa, from Coolangatta, is in the first men's heat against fellow Australians Garrett Parkes and Dean Bowen.
The girls surfed at the alternative site of Canggu.
Australians Felicity Palmateer and Dimity Stoyle advanced through their round one heats, while Sarah Mason must compete in round two.
The event is the first in a three-stop junior world championship tour, which includes Brazil and Australia, for under-21 surfers.
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