Centio Wins B'Bong Jr. at Kewalo


Honolulu, Hawaii (Monday June 10, 2002). Joel Centeio of Kapolei hasdefeated the Ronnie Burns Memorial Junior Pro defending champion Sean Moodyto win his second Billabong Boost Mobile Junior Pro title. Held in goodheadhigh surf with light tradewind offshores at Kewalo Basin on the South Shore of Oahu, Centeio chose to focus on the right hand breaking waves in the most prestigious junior professional event in Hawaii has to offer future ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) campaigners.

A disappointed Moody (19) fell on four of his eight waves, and the waves he chose did not allow him to pose any serious threat to the front runners ofCenteio (19) and Dustin Cuizon (17). While Dustin Barca (20) held a steady third place throughout the final, the lead changed hands a number of times between Centeio and Cuizon.

The right-handers were the longer and higher scoring waves than the slowerlefts, and it was a trade off of two waves that determined the winner and runner-up places. Cuizon took off on a great set wave, the biggest in the final, as Centeio was paddling back out after one of his lowest scoring rides.

Cuizon’s first move was a full speed layback slash, followed by another railgouge in Centeio’s face, with a number of roundhouse cutback to score 7.75out of 10 points. Centeio immediately answered back with four full rail lipslash cutbacks, to earn 9.75 within 30 seconds of the final siren and seal the championship.

“Dustin Did one of his turns right in my face as I was paddling out, so Iknew I had to do something big”, Centeio said. “Then that wave came out ofnowhere and I was right there, still paddling out. I just swung around andtook it.”