Ronnie Burns Memorial Junior Pro
Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP)2001 Junior World Tour
SEAN MOODY CROWNED RONNIE BURNS MEMORIAL JUNIOR PRO CHAMP
Honolulu, Hawaii (Monday May 21, 2001). Sean Moody has ended Fred Patacchia’s dream of four consecutive wins in the Ronnie Burns MemorialJunior Pro by winning the event held at Kewalos in good head high surf with light offshore winds. Top seed Patacchia’s shock elimination in his firstheat came at the hands of Wiki Villa (17) and Nathan Carroll (16), who in turn fell to Moody and eventual third placed Dustin Barca (19) in thequarter finals.
Another surprise elimination in the semifinals was second seed Joel Centeio (18), who has enjoyed a string of good results in recent junior pro events,including a second place in the 2000 competition, and wins in the Billabong T Street Junior Pro and the O’Neill Cold Water Classic held in February.Also failing to advance from this heat was TJ Barron who, along with runner up Kekoa Bacalso, was the youngest surfer of the event. “With Fred and Joel going down before the final, that helped a little,” said Moody (18) after his victory. “But even this final was pretty stiff competition. Everyone from Hawaii is a solid surfer.” Although a lull in waves through the middle of the 30 minute final slowed things slightly, the surfing from the quarter finals was nothing short of incredible, true testimony to the depth of Hawaiian junior talent.
Moody started the final with two strong waves, and backed it up towards the end of the heat with another solid ride. But it was not easy going, withBacalso turning on the pressure with a high scoring air. Third placed in last years event, and with a fourth in the O’Neill, it’s only a matter oftime before the 15 year old rises from runner up to achieve his first major victory.
A surprise guest of honor at the event was the ’70’s icon Larry Bertlemann, known as the ‘Rubberman” who influenced a generation of groms worldwide with his radical school of loose surfing stylists that included Buttons Kaluhiokalani, Dane Kealoha, Mark Liddell and Louie Ferreira. He particularly enjoyed the expression session, where the categories of Best Air, Futuristic Move and Most Vertical and $300 were all won by Pipelinecharger Jamie O’Brien, who was the highest finishing Hawaiian in third place at the Billabong Junior World Championships held at Makaha last year.
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 surfers in the islands who died in tragic circumstances while off-road biking in 1990.
The top six placed contestants in the event are the Hawaiian Junior invitees who receive an automatic invitation to the 2001 Billabong Junior WorldChampionships, to be held at Phillip Island, Australia in November. One event remains on the Billabong USA Junior Series before the WorldChampionships; at Huntington Beach, California in July. Hawaiian Team/Results of the Ronnie Burns Memorial Junior Pro
1 Sean Moody (Waialua, Oahu) : $1,500
2 Kekoa Bacalso (Barbers Point, Oahu) : $800
3 Dustin Barca (Hanalei, Kauai) : $600
4 Daniel Jones (Honolulu, Oahu ):$400
5 Joel Centeio (Kapolei, West Side Oahu): $350
5 Jordy Brough (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii) : $350