Jake Sylvester makes final eight 

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MEREWETHER’S Jake Sylvester booked himself a spot in the final eight of the Surfest Pro Junior today in emphatic style.

The 2011 champion produced the highest-scoring wave of the day when judges gave Sylvester 9.90 in his round of 32 win.

The two-wave score of 17.90 was also the highest given at Merewether Beach today.

‘‘I had an eight previous to that and a small back-up score of five so I was in a pretty comfortable spot and then towards the end of the heat a set came through and I unleashed a bit and surfed it pretty hard,’’ Sylvester said.

‘‘The wave itself was a nine, I just had to surf it the way I surf.’’

In the round of 16 heat Sylvester finished less than point behind heat winner Mitchell Parkinson (12.65) with a two-wave score of 11.75.

‘‘I was a bit nervous before my second heat today as it’s hard after you have such a high-scoring heat early in the contest,’’ he said.

‘‘You kind of put pressure on yourself to perform.’’

Tomorrow in the quarter-final Sylvester will face Italian Leonardo Fioravantio, who he beat in the round of 32, in man-on-man competition.

Sylvester is the sole Hunter surfer progressing to the final day of the pro junior after Caves Beach’s James McMorland (11.25) was eliminated in the round of 32 when he finished behind Japan’s Arashi Katoo (12.90) and Gold Coast’s Noa Deane (12.10).  

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