The Ronnie Burns Memorial Junior Pro Presented by Billabong Boost Mobile
Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Junior Pro Tour
JOEL CENTEIO TAKES HIS SECOND BILLABONG BOOST MOBILE JUNIOR PRO TITLE
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 SouthShore of Oahu, Centeio chose to focus on the right hand breaking waves inthe most prestigious junior professional event in Hawaii has to offer futureASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) campaigners.A disappointed Moody (19) fell on four of his eight waves, and the waves hechose 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 steadythird place throughout the final, the lead changed hands a number of timesbetween 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 andrunner-up places. Cuizon took off on a great set wave, the biggest in thefinal, as Centeio was paddling back out after one of his lowest scoringrides.
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 sealthe 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.”
Although seeded fifth, based on his performance in this event last year,Centeio (20) has enjoyed a string of good results in past junior pro events.Previous successes include wins in the Billabong T Street Junior Pro and theO’Neill Cold Water Classic, and a second place in the 2000 competition, allof which bode well for his future campaign on the WQS.
An expression session was held just before the finals, where $100 prize wasawarded for each of the categories of Best Air, Futuristic Move and BestCutback. Hawaiian team qualifier Kekoa Bacalso won both best air andfuturistic move for one aerial maneuver that defied description. Seventhplaced Jordy Brough of the Big Island took the best cutback award.
The surfing of Ronnie Burns was documented in the Billabong surf video”Pump”, and this junior pro event was held in memory of the master of hugewaves at Pipeline, a great role model and inspiration to young local surfersin the islands who died in tragic circumstances while off-road biking in1990.
The top six placed contestants in the event are the Hawaiian Junior inviteeswho receive an automatic invitation to the 2002 Billabong Junior WorldChampionships, to be held at Phillip Island, Australia November 1-9. Oneevent remains on the Billabong USA Junior Series before the WorldChampionships; at Huntington Beach, California in late July.
Hawaiian Team/Results of the Ronnie Burns Memorial Junior Pro
1 Joel Centeio (Kapolei, West Side Oahu) :$1,500
2 Dustin Cuizon (Ewa Beach, West Side Oahu) : $800
3 Dustin Barca (Hanalei, Kauai) : $600
4 Sean Moody (Waialua, Oahu) : $400
5 Daniel Jones (North Shore Oahu ) : $350
5 Kekoa Bacalso (Barbers Point, Oahu) : $350