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Checking In With The Oakley World Pro Junior

Your reigning ASP Women's Pro Junior Champ, Laura Enever. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Your reigning ASP Women's Pro Junior Champ, Laura Enever. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Nat Young threw down a perfect 10 yesterday and seems like the guy to beat. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Nat Young threw down a perfect 10 yesterday and seems like the guy to beat. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley

The very first event of the newfangled ASP World Junior Tour, the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior, has already set the bar just three days into the event in Bali. The playful Canggu has offered up consistency for the world’s best juniors to unleash all they’ve got—and yesterday the bar was set by Santa Cruz’s Nat Young. After cranking out a 9.47 with a few of his trademark straight up bashes, Nat grabbed another right and went big with a perfectly executed Gorkin Flip (stay tuned for the video), landing effortlessly and going right into another backside lipper.

Then it was Conner Coffin later in the day knocking out number 1 seed Alejo Muniz. Not to say that Conner beating Alejo is a huge surprise, but Alejo had been the top performer the first two days, and anytime the number 1 seed is knocked out it definitely raises some eyebrows. Some other big performers so far have been Kolohe Andino, Aussie Jack Freestone, Hawaiian Caio Ibelli, and South African Shaun Joubert.

And on the women’s side the familiar names are the ones putting up the biggest scores: Malia Manuel, Laura Enever, Tyler Wright, and Lakey Peterson. Tyler and Lakey meet in the quarters when things get going again, and look for that to be the most contested heat of the women’s side of things.

Stay tuned to transworldsurf.com as the ASP World Junior Tour unfolds at the Oakley World Pro Junior, and watch the event live at oakleyprojunior.com.

Day 2 video highlights (stay tuned for Day 3 highlights when we get ’em)

Reigning ASP Pro Junior Champ Maxime Huscenot. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Reigning ASP Pro Junior Champ Maxime Huscenot. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Even with this little pit Ryan Callinan still couldn't get past Caio Ibelli. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Even with this little pit Ryan Callinan still couldn't get past Caio Ibelli. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Kolohe Andino seems to be stepping things up a bit this year in Bali. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Kolohe Andino seems to be stepping things up a bit this year in Bali. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Jack Freestone is representing the Aussie flag hard. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Jack Freestone is representing the Aussie flag hard. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Andrew Doheny. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Andrew Doheny. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Evan Geiselman has surfed good in Bali but bowed out yesterday. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Evan Geiselman has surfed good in Bali but bowed out yesterday. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Tyler Wright will face Lakey Peterson in the Women's quarters. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Tyler Wright will face Lakey Peterson in the Women's quarters. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Mitch Crews will go up against Marc Lacomare when Round 3 resumes. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Mitch Crews will go up against Marc Lacomare when Round 3 resumes. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Hawaii's Malia Manuel. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Hawaii's Malia Manuel. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley

Head to the next page for more photos and the ASP press release.

Lakey Peterson is continually bringing the fins free attack. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Lakey Peterson is continually bringing the fins free attack. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Kaimana Jaquias was the unfortunate victim of Nat Young's 19.47 heat total yesterday. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Kaimana Jaquias was the unfortunate victim of Nat Young's 19.47 heat total yesterday. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Conner Coffin knocked out number 1 seeded Alejo Muniz yesterday. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Conner Coffin knocked out number 1 seeded Alejo Muniz yesterday. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Hawaiian Albee Layer. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Hawaiian Albee Layer. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Laura Enever doing her best Alana Blanchard bottomturn impression. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Laura Enever doing her best Alana Blanchard bottomturn impression. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Sage Erickson is hot off her US Open Pro Junior victory and is looking to add another Pro Junior title to her name. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Sage Erickson is hot off her US Open Pro Junior victory and is looking to add another Pro Junior title to her name. Photo courtesy Russ Hennings/Oakley
Number 1 seed Alejo Muniz had been setting the bar the first couple of days but was defeated by Conner Coffin yesterday. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Number 1 seed Alejo Muniz had been setting the bar the first couple of days but was defeated by Conner Coffin yesterday. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Hawaiian Tyler Newton squares up against American Nat Young when Round 4 begins. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson
Hawaiian Tyler Newton squares up against American Nat Young when Round 4 begins. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson

CANGGU, Bali/Indonesia (Tuesday, October 5 2010): A building swell continues to deliver a smorgasbord of waves for the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior, event no.1 on the ASP World Junior Tour (WJT), with competition being run for the fourth day in a row at Canggu in Bali today.

In clean 4 ft (1-1.2m) waves, Contest Director, Beau Emerton, decided on completing Round 2 of the men's, before sending out the first 8 heats of Round 3.

And, albeit the steamy conditions, the sophomores of the surfing world were cool under pressure, throwing plenty of big, modern moves on a stellar day of progressive surfing.

Setting the pace was Santa Cruz star Nat Young (USA), who lifted the performance bar with the event's first perfect 10-point ride in the opening heat of Round 3.

After a slow star against Kaimana Jacquias (HAW), Young got busy, jagging a set wave before depositing a variety of powerful backhand moves to land a 9.47 (out of a possible 10).

"It was kind of a slow start," he said.

"We were both trying to hold position but I kept getting the good waves. I felt I was in rhythm and focused on building bigger scores."

The young Californian then asserted his dominance, performing a radical 'Gorkin Flip', a backside double grab inverted 360 air, to score a 10.00 and finish with the event's highest combined heat total of a 19.47 (out of a possible 20).

"I try them a lot at home," he said.

"I've had a few big scores with them so I just went for it and got lucky. I was kind of nervous as the natural footers can do air reverses so easily out there."

He'll now take on Tyler Newton (HAW), who dispatched of Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), in Round 4.

Kauai young gun Newton asserted his dominance in both his Round 2 and 3 heats to advance to Round 4.

Newton unloading an electric mix of powerful rail carves and new-school moves in Round 2, notching an 8.83 in the early stages of the 25-minute showdown against Andrew Doheny (USA) before waiting till the final minutes to land a heat winning 8.13.

"It felt good on the outside, but I didn't want to fall through the inside break," he said.

"I was like Bali, please be good to me and just hoped I would get the score."

The Hawaiian charger then collected a 9.17 and a 7.50 to beat South African De Vries  – 16.67 to 16.13, in their tight Round 3 heat.

No.1 seed Alejo Muniz (BRA) was the day's biggest casualty, going down to Conner Coffin (USA) in the last heat of Round 3.

Coffin laid down a 14.90 total (out of a possible 20) to Muniz' 13.60.

Other Round 3 standouts included Kolohe Andino (USA), Jack Freestone (AUS), Caio Ibelli (HAW), Shaun Joubert (ZAF) and Krystian Kymerson (BRA).

Contest organizers will reconvene at 5.30am at Keramas tomorrow morning for a possible 6am start.

The Oakley ASP World Pro Junior will be webcast LIVE via oakleyprojunior.com.

For more information, log onto aspworldtour.com.

OAKLEY ASP WORLD PRO JUNIOR REMAINING ROUND 2 RESULTS (MEN'S):

Heat 10: Chris Salisbury (AUS) 13.66 def. Hiroto Arai (JPN) 13.23
Heat 11: Tyler Newton (USA) 16.96 def. Andrew Doheny 15.27
Heat 12: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 15.67 def. Kento Takahashi (JPN) 6.43
Heat 13: Alex Smith (HAW) 14.67 def. Arashi Kato (JPN) 9.43
Heat 14: Ty Watson (AUS) 14.60 def. Luke Davis (USA) 12.50
Heat 15: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 16.66 def. Filipe Jervis (PRT) 9.33
Heat 16: Albee Layer (HAW) 18.40 def. Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 6.50

OAKLEY ASP WORLD PRO JUNIOR ROUND 3 RESULTS (MEN'S):

Heat 1: Nat Young (USA) 19.47 def.  Kaimana Jacquias (HAW) 12.76
Heat 2: Tyler Newton (HAW) 16.67 def.  Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 16.13
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.07 def. Chris Salisbury (AUS) 11.26
Heat 4: Jack Freestone (AUS) 15.23 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.66
Heat 5: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.30 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.37
Heat 6: Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 13.93 def. Albee Layer (HAW) 13.34
Heat 7: Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 15.50 def. Evan Geiselman (USA) 14.00
Heat 8: Connor Coffin (USA) 14.90 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.60

OAKLEY ASP WORLD PRO JUNIOR ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS (MEN'S):

Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) vs. Tyler Newton (HAW)
Heat 10: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 11: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Shaun Joubert (ZAF)
Heat 12: Krystian Kymerson (BRA) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 13: TBC
Heat 14: TBC
Heat 15: TBC
Heat 16: TBC