KERAMAS, Bali/Indonesia (Oct. 11, 2012) - Today the 2012 Oakley World Pro Junior Championship was treated to a classic day of competitive surfing. The waves were in the four-to-five foot range, with a variety of barrels and turn sections on offer. The competitors put it all on the line, fighting through the first elimination round, and catching some solid waves over sharp, shallow reefs to take the next step in their ASP World Junior Championship campaign.
The upset of the event was caused by 14-year-old wildcard, Jack Robinson (AUS), who eliminated the reigning ASP World Junior Champion Caio Ibelli (BRA). Robinson used superior wave selection to put himself on the best waves of the heat and threaded the tubes skillfully to advance to Round 3 and earn a new nickname - "the giant killer."
“If [Caio] caught the waves I did he would have gotten big scores too," Robinson said after his heat. "I surf waves like this at home all the time, so barrel riding is one of my strengths. I’m pretty happy, it feels good to win that one.”
Keanu Asing (HAW), the event's number one seed, survived a tight battle in the first heat of the morning. Conditions turned tricky as soon as the siren sounded and local Indonesian wildcard, Nyoman Satria, nearly caused an upset of us own. Asing went to work in the latter half of the heat, however and posted a couple of solid scores to progress to Round 3.
“It would have been nice if we could have shared a bunch of barrels," Asing said in reference to the inconsistent sets in the heat. "But a win is a win. Last year at this event I got some of the best waves I’ve ever had in competition. I hope I score like that in the next round!”
Last year’s Oakley World Pro Junior runner-up, Andrew Doheny (USA), bounced back as one of the day's top performers in Round 2 after a disappointing first round performance. He showcased his style with skillful combinations of maneuvers on wave after wave to get the nod from the judges and advance through to Round 3.
"The level of surfing at this event is so high!" Doheny said. "I was off my game in the first round, so it feels good to come back and have a good heat. I'm loving being in Bali, there's a lot of good rights and the people, food and everything are great."
Wade Carmichael (AUS) put his powerhouse surfing on display in Round 2 today, eliminating fellow Australian Soli Bailey (AUS). Carmichael was the standout surfer in an exciting day of surfing, using explosive turns to punch his ticket into Round 3 where he'll face Peterson Crisanto (BRA) when competition resumes.
"I'm frothing," Carmichael said. "I got here a week before the event and it was great to get lots of practice sessions. I feel like this wave suits my surfing. I just want to get one a roll."
Hairil Anwar (IND), the local ASP wildcard from Lakai Peak, Sumbawa has spent the last few years working on his competitive surfing prowess on the Gold Coast, Australia. He put that knowledge to good use today defeating Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) to keeping his ASP World Junior Title campaign alive.
"It's good to win for my family and friends who have come to visit and for my country," Anwar said. "When I'm in Australia I miss my home, but it's great to surf Snapper with guys like Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson. It's done so much for my surfing. If my friends want to make it in surfing they will probably have to do the same."
Fellow South African surfer Slade Prestwich (ZAF) also went down in a tight Round 2 heat against Kaito Ohashi (JPN) today. Ohashi finished the heat with a series of backhand snaps that catapulted him into the lead and onto the next Round.
"I love Keramas," Ohashi said. "I fell on some good waves, so I am happy to win the heat and make Round 3."
A call will be made tomorrow at 5:45am for a possible 6am start to the women's Final and the men's Round 3.
The Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali runs from October 6 - 17. For LIVE webcast, event videos and more check www.oakleyprojunior.com.
UPCOMING OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEN'S ROUND 2:
HEAT 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) 8.67 def. Nyoman Satria (IND) 7.33
HEAT 2: Jack Freestone (AUS) 15.50 def. Gazali Hamzah (IND) 10.66
HEAT 3: Jack Robinson (AUS) 14.00 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 5.10
HEAT 4: Geovane Ferreira (BRA) 12.37 def. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 11.87
HEAT 5: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.60 def. Makai McNamara (HAW) 7.20
HEAT 6: Andrew Doheny (USA) 15.00 def. Luan Carvalho (BRA) 5.30
HEAT 7: Arashi Kato (JPN) 10.00 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 7.80
HEAT 8: Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 8.60 def. Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 7.54
HEAT 9: Evan Thompson (USA) 12.77 def. Jocelyn Poulou (PYF) 12.60
HEAT 10: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 16.67 def. Soli Bailey (AUS) 9.76
HEAT 11: Hairil Anwar (IND) 12.34 def. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 9.14
HEAT 12: Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.34 def. Taylor Clark (USA) 9.10
HEAT 13: Hiroto Arai (JPN) 11.17 def. Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 10.80
HEAT 14: Cooper Chapman (AUS) 9.67 def. Reo Kanao (JPN) 3.27
HEAT 15: Caue Wood (BRA) 12.93 def. Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 12.50
HEAT 16: Kalani David (HAW) vs. Davey Brand (ZAF)
UPCOMING OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEN'S ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
HEAT 2: Carlos Munoz (CRI) vs. Vicente Romero (ESP)
HEAT 3: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) vs. Evan Thompson (USA)
HEAT 4: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
HEAT 5: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) vs. Caue Wood (BRA)
HEAT 6: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) vs. Cooper Chapman (AUS)
HEAT 7: Koa Smith (HAW) vs. Andrew Doheny (USA)
HEAT 8: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS)
HEAT 9: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Geovane Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 10: Michael February (ZAF) vs. Arashi Kato (JPN)
HEAT 11: Luke Davis (USA) vs. Kalani David (HAW)
HEAT 12: Connor Coffin (USA) vs. Hairil Anwar (IND)
HEAT 13: Matt Banting (AUS) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 14: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Kaito Ohashi (JPN)
HEAT 15: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) vs. Hiroto Arai (JPN)
HEAT 16: Thomas Woods (AUS) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
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