Oakley announced Monday, March 10, an expanded nine-event international Oakley Pro Junior series and the all-new Oakley Global Challenge for 2008, according to a press release issued by the company.
The Pro Junior series will be held in nine of the world's best surf spots and offer cumulative winnings of $193,000 for the series. Six of the nine events will serve as qualifiers for the new Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge in Bali, Sept. 25 to Oct. 5, with a massive $75,000 prize purse.
"It's important for Oakley to support the development of pro surfing internationally," Ronny Nelsons, Oakley surf marketing manager, said. "Based on the success of the Oakley Pro Junior series in North America, we decided to launch the Global Challenge and take our series to the next level. An elite field of juniors will qualify to go to Bali to compete in one of the best surf destinations in the world in both traditional and experimental contest formats."
The 2008 Oakley Pro Junior series kicked off in North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia last month with an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-4 event that was also the first of the Global Challenge qualifiers.
Local Lincoln Taylor (North Stradbroke Island, QLD) clinched the win and $7,000, the most ever won in an Australian Pro Junior. Oakley's own Julian Wilson (Coolum, QLD) took home second place and $3,500 of the $30,000 purse.
Both Taylor and Wilson also qualified for the Global Challenge Championships where they will meet the winners from each of the remaining Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge qualifying events throughout South Africa, North America, Brazil, and Europe. The Championships will connect four days of competition during a 10-day waiting period.
For the the full press release and the full 2008 Oakley Pro Junior schedule, visit the official Transworld SURF Web site. For more information, updates, photos and video, check out Oakley’s site HERE.