The Oakley World Pro Junior Championship got off to a high-flying start at Echo Beach, Canggu, in Bali Friday, completing the entire first round of the men’s competition. The world’s best under-21 surfers showcased their range, linking power maneuvers and progressive tricks in the 3-to-4 foot surf to the delight of spectators and judges alike. All of the competitors were keen to make their mark on this historical event, laying an early foundation to make a play to become the first men’s ASP World Junior champion crowned in Indonesia.
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Peterson Crisanto (BRA) put on a dominating performance in his opening heat against last year’s runner-up, Andrew Doheny (USA), and fellow Brazilian Geovane Ferreira (BRA). Crisanto read the waves perfectly, showing off his aerial repertoire to score a near-perfect two-wave heat total of 19.00 (out of a possible 20).
“Canggu is like my home break; it’s pretty much my favorite place to surf in the world,” said Crisanto even though it took him a few minutes to find his legs this morning. “The start of the heat was slow, but then I scored a 9.33 (out of possible 10) and caught a wave in the last minute of the heat to get another 9. I am pretty stoked to be through to Round 3.”
Also earning a hall pass through to Round 3 was Koa Smith, who laid down a solid 16.6 to send 2010 ASP World Junior champ Jack Freestone into the repercharge round for one more opportunity to continue his quest for another ASP World Junior Championship title.
“I was really nervous,” admitted Smith. “But there were waves coming in every 10 seconds out there. I got my waves, stuck to my guns, and didn’t go too big. Then once I had two solid scores I knew I had to go big to beat Freestone, and I pulled it off.”
2009 ASP World Junior champion Maxime Huscenot (FRA) is competing as a junior surfer for the last time at the 2012 Oakley World Pro Junior Championship and he’s looking to make the most of it.
“It’s funny because you start so young, time goes by fast, and it’s over pretty quick,” said Huscenot of his pro junior career. “I’m stoked to have already won an ASP World Junior title and am hoping I can do it again this year.”
Connor Coffin (USA) overcame a slow start to his Round 1 battle against Deivid Silva (BRA), and Taylor Clark (USA) who finished second and third, respectively. Coffin went to work in the second half of the heat using his stylish flow and sharp carves to pinch to the lead and advance directly to Round 3.
“This is probably my favorite contest all year,” said Coffin, who is traveling through Bali with his family and coach, Brad Gerlach.
“I’ve been coming here for three years and I just love Bali,” Coffin continued. “I had a bad start to that heat so it feels good to come away with the win.”
The Brazilian born but Spanish raised surfer Vicente Romero (ESP), caused the upset of the day when he defeated reigning ASP World Junior champion Caio Ibelli (BRA). It was an action packed heat in which Ibelli went wave for wave with Romero. In the end, it would be Romero who triumphed with a clutch 9.93 for a beautifully surfed wave featuring powerful carves and a massive aerial.
“Today was my first time surfing in Canggu,” said Romero. “I did a good move first with a big air and I gave it my best. I’m happy it went well for me.”
Michael February (ZAF) also prospered in the ample conditions posting one of the highest heat totals of the day to defeat the event’s top seed, Keanu Asing (HAW) and local trials runner-up Nyoman Satria (IND).
“I saw that I was up against Keanu [Asing] and I was kind of nervous,” revealed February. “But all of the heats are hard in this competition. Today’s win gives me a lot of confidence going into the next round.”
The Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali will run from Oct. 6 to Oct. 17. For LIVE webcast, photos, videos and more check www.oakleyprojunior.com.
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEN’S RD 1 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.44, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 13.17, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.83
HEAT 2: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 15.67, Soli Bailey (AUS) 10.77, Jocelyn Poulou (PYF) 7.94
HEAT 3: Vicente Romero (ESP) 17.03, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.23, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 11.67
HEAT 4: Luke Davis (USA) 13.16, Evan Thompson (USA) 11.26, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 8.17
HEAT 5: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 13.10, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 9.60, Luan Carvalho (BRA) 8.57
HEAT 6: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.70, Arashi Kato (JPN) 14.50, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.54
HEAT 7: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 19.00, Andrew Doheny (USA) 13.00, Geovane Ferreira (BRA) 10.50
HEAT 8: Michael February (ZAF) 16.67, Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.84, Nyoman Satria (IND) 7.06
HEAT 9: Koa Smith (HAW) 16.60, Jack Freestone (AUS) 14.63, Gazali Hamzah (IND) 10.57
HEAT 10: Matt Banting (AUS) 15.00, Jack Robinson (AUS) 9.43, Makai McNamara (HAW) 9.14
HEAT 11: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 15.50, Hairil Anwar (IND) 13.20, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 10.50
HEAT 12: Conner Coffin (USA) 14.50, Deivid Silva (BRA) 12.50, Taylor Clark (USA) 10.33
HEAT 13: Thomas Woods (AUS) 14.17, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 11.84, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 8.87
HEAT 14: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 16.40, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 14.07, Reo Kanao (JPN) 7.74
HEAT 15: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 14.43, Caue Wood (BRA) 11.34, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 10.63
HEAT 16: Frederico Morais (PRT) 11.97, Davey Brand (ZAF) 11.17, Kalani David (HAW) 9.17
UPCOMING OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEN’S RD 2 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Nyoman Satria (IND)
HEAT 2: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Gazali Hamzah (IND)
HEAT 3: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS)
HEAT 4: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) vs. Geovane Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 5: Makai McNamara (HAW) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 6: Andrew Doheny (USA) vs. Luan Carvalho (BRA)
HEAT 7: Arashi Kato (JPN) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
HEAT 8: Kaito Ohashi (JPN) vs. Slade Prestwich (ZAF)
HEAT 9: Evan Thompson (USA) vs. Jocelyn Poulou (PYF)
HEAT 10: Soli Bailey (AUS) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
HEAT 11: Hairil Anwar (IND) vs. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF)
HEAT 12: Taylor Clark (USA) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
HEAT 13: Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) vs. Hiroto Arai (JPN)
HEAT 14: Cooper Chapman (AUS) vs. Reo Kanao (JPN)
HEAT 15: Caue Wood (BRA) vs. Takumi Nakamura (JPN)
HEAT 16: Kalani David (HAW) vs. Davey Brand (ZAF)
UPCOMING OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S RD 1 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Joanne Defay (FRA), Leila Hurst (HAW), Mahina Maeda (HAW)
HEAT 2: Sarah Baum (ZAF), Canelle Bulard (REU), Rosanny Alvarez (VEN)
HEAT 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Frankie Harrer (USA), Minato Takahashi (JPN)
HEAT 4: Philippa Anderson (AUS), Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS), Juliana Meneghel (BRA)
HEAT 5: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Nao Omura (JPN), Brianna Cope (HAW)
HEAT 6: Alessa Quizon (HAW), Maud Le Car (FRA), Quincy Davis(USA)