Highest-Rated North American Junior Event—the Oakley Pro Junior—Returns to Lower Trestles
For the fourth year running, the newly upgraded ASP five-star Oakley Pro Junior will descend on Lower Trestles in San Clemente, Calif., from May 3-7 where 32 men (20 years and younger) will battle for crucial ASP regional ratings points and a $25,000 prize purse.
The highest-rated junior men’s qualifier in North America this year, the major points on offer at the Oakley Pro Junior will bring top juniors looking to qualify for the ASP World Junior Tour events, the first of which is the Oakley ASP World Junior in Bali.
“We are excited to be at Lowers for our fifth straight year,” says Ronny Nelson, Oakley Surf Marketing Manager. “We have upgraded the event to a five-star knowing that Lower Trestles is the best wave in the U.S. for performance surfing and the Juniors these days will take to the sky to keep it exciting. The best surfers deserve the most points on their race to qualify for the Worlds and to become the North American ASP Junior Champion.”
A bevy of top young talent will be on hand this year. Be sure to keep an eye out for 2010 North American Champion Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), current North American #1 and Oakley’s own Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), Oakley teammate and #2 Conner Coffin (Santa Barbara, CA), #3 Luke Davis (Capo Beach, CA) and #4 Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL).
Additionally, Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA) will be back to defend his big win from last year while the international contingent is stronger than ever including 2010 World Junior Champion Jack Freestone (AUS), Oakley’s Shaun Joubert (ZAF), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Kaito Ohashi (JPN) and Frederico Morais (PRT).
Coffin and Andino both won wildcard entries into the 6.0 Lowers Pro, which runs concurrently, and as they are both still under the age of 21, they will serve double duty surfing in both the Lowers Pro and the Oakley Pro Junior.
For it’s wild cards, Oakley has selected 15-year-old USA Surf Team member Colin Moran (Costa Mesa, CA) and Aussie wunderkind Jack Robinson (AUS) to earn wildcards into the 32-man Pro Junior field.
For live action tune in on oakleyprojunior.com where both events will be webcast in HD with live video coverage, scoring for all five days of competition and expert commentary from announcers Sal Masekela, Mark Fewell, Dino Andino, Saxon Boucher, Chris Mauro, Brad Gerlach and Jodie Nelson.