VIa ASP -KERAMAS, Bali/Indonesia (Tuesday, October 16, 2012) -Jack Freestone (AUS) took out the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali over Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau (HAW) in a battle of the in-form surfers of the event. With the swell dropping and unfavourable winds the surfers were forced of unleash their aerial attacks in the 2- to 3-foot (1.5 meter) punchy surf at Keramas today.
Freestone, who also won the ASP World Junior Title in 2012, joins current ASP WCT No.1 Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Pablo Paulino (BRA) in an elite club of three surfers to have claimed multiple men’s junior titles.
“It’s amazing to follow in Joel (Parkinson’s) footsteps,” Freestone said. “He’s my favouite surfer and we’re both from Coolangatta, so it feels amazing right now. He’s on the men’s ASP World Championship Tour; that’s where I want to be, so hopefully this gives me the confidence to know that I can get there.”
This year’s ASP World Junior Champion was decided at a standalone event, the Oakley ASP World Junior Championship Bali as opposed to a series of events. Freestone is truly a deserving winner after battling through a stellar field of the world’s best junior surfers and an array of conditions ranging from shifty beachbreaks at Canggu, big Keramas tubes and windy, rampy Keramas on the Final day.
“When I won the ASP World Junior Title in 2010 it was just luck,” Freestone said. “I was out of the event and had to sit and wait for certain people to win and lose. This event was much different because it’s the only one, but I never put pressure on myself and it must have worked. I wasn’t even going to enter this event a few months ago, but I’m so glad I did! I feel amazing right now.”
Lau, the powerful Hawaiian surfer, impressed all who watched throughout the event, but fell short in the last heat of the event. The final was a chess match, going back and forth with the lead changing and the two surfers with similar powerful and progressive styles battled for the ASP World Junior Title.
“I came here to win, not come second,” Lau said. “But Jack (Freestone) was in rhythm and caught the best waves in the final, so congratulations to him. You just have to move on; I’ve got the Triple Crown coming up soon, so I’ll be back.”
Ezekiel Lau – 13.77
Jack Freestone – 13.83