Reigning ASP World Junior Champion Eliminated from the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali
The Oakley World Pro Junior Bali resumed at Keramas to finish the Men’s Round 3 today in clean 3 – 4 foot surf.
Balinese local Darmaputra Tonjo (IND) from Legian has added another scalp to his collection. First he took down Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Junior No. 2 Nat Young (USA) in Round 2 and now he’s eliminated reigning ASP World Junior Champion Jack Freestone (AUS). The heat of the day was as close as they come, but Freestone was one step behind from the minute Tonjo scored a 7.33 (out of a possible 10) on his opening ride. Freestone landed some massive airs, but ultimately fell short opening the door for the Bali local to progress to the next round.
“I’m so happy!” Tonjo told the interpreter. “I cannot believe that I beat the No. 1 and No. 2! Getting that good score early gave me the momentum and I still cannot believe it.”
Freestone displayed the sportsmanship of a true Champion, being gracious in his defeat and giving praise to his competitor.
“I’m disappointed, I had the waves to win, but it didn’t happen,” Freestone said. “It was a good heat, exciting to be in. Tonjo has been a standout in this competition and I wouldn’t be surprised if he caused a few more upsets. He’s the one to look at right now.”
Davey Cathels (AUS) survived a tense heat against South African Michael February. Cathels only caught two waves during the 30-minute heat, the first wave and the last, but did enough to edge out his competitor and advance to Round 4.
“I surfed just before the heat and there was a few sets,” Cathels said. “So my plan was to wait for the good ones, but after my first wave nothing else came. I was sitting there thinking, am I only going to catch one wave in this heat? With two minutes to go I started freaking out and realized I had to change my game plan. I caught a nice little insider and got the score.”
After a close heat yesterday against fellow Oakley teammate Keala Naihe (HAW), Thomas Woods (AUS) found himself in another nail-biter against Beyrick De Vries (ZAF). The pair put on an epic show in their Round 3 clash, with long tubes and big airs being thrown down by both surfers. The lead changed multiple times, but ultimately it was De Vries who held the top spot when the final siren sounded, sending Woods, the 2011 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series Champion home with an equal 17th place finish.
“I know Thomas [Woods] can do massive air-reverses whenever he wants, luckily I got two of the best waves of my trip so far and was able to beat him,” De Vries said. “Thomas got his best wave because of my mistake, but I got a second chance and got barreled.”
Marco Fernandez (BRA) had an arm wrestle of a heat against Oakley competitor Arashi Kato (JPN). Both surfers were going big in the punchy surf, throwing down some massive turns, but it was the Brazilian who came up with the win.
“I saw Arashi [Kato] surf yesterday and he was surfing really well so I knew I had to step up,” Fernandez said. “I’m really happy to make it through to the next round.”
Ezekiel Lau (HAW) took out an action packed heat over fellow Hawaiian Keanu Asing (HAW). The Hawaiians went all out in their Round 3 battle and although they’re great friends neither held anything back. Asing held the lead momentarily with the highest single wave score of the heat an 8.67, until Lau over took him with a pair of 8.00s for the win.
“I wanted to make sure I got the first wave and show my power,” Lau said. “It was barreling, but it was kind of hard to find them because it was small. Keanu [Asing] and I are staying right next to each other, we just acted like it was just another day. But I knew it was going to be a gnarly heat because we surf against each other all the time at home.”
Ryan Callinan (AUS) put on the performance of the day, belting the lip and launching into the sky to notch the highest heat total of the day, 16.67 (out of a possible 20). In Round 4 Callinan will face today’s other standout surfer Oakley’s own Caio Ibelli (BRA), who coincidentally also scored 16.67 in his Round 3 heat today.
“There’s not many goofy-footers left,” Callinan said. “Which is a bonus for me because it gives the judges something different to look at. The conditions are kind of tough, but this is really similar to my home break, so my backhand is one of my strong points.”
Also, advancing into Round 4 are Oakley teammates Shaun Joubert and Conner Coffin who both pulled out all the stops to take the win in their Round 3 heats.
A call will be made at 12 noon tomorrow, October 8, back at Canggu for a possible 12:30 pm start to Men’s Round 4 or Women’s Round 3 as official event forecaster, Surfline is predicting more contestable surf at the back up site.
The Oakley World Pro Junior Bali runs from October 3 – 14. Check out www.oakleyprojunior.com for the live webcast, latest news, photos, videos and more.
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S ROUND 3 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Davey Cathels (AUS) 11.33 def. Michael February (ZAF) 9.70
HEAT 2: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 14.27 def. Thomas Woods (AUS) 12.10
HEAT 3: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 10.34 def. Medi Veminardi (REU) 6.27
HEAT 4: Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 11.43 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 9.86
HEAT 5: Marco Fernandez (BRA) 11.34 def. Arashi Kato (JPN) 8.06
HEAT 6: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 11.00 def. Evan Thompson (USA) 6.87
HEAT 7: Eziekel Lau (HAW) 16.00 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.87
HEAT 8: Darmaputra Tonjo (IND) 15.00 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 14.53
HEAT 9: Dale Staples (ZAF) 14.33 def. Jake Halstead (USA) 8.40
HEAT 10: Conner Coffin (USA) 16.50 def. Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 7.77
HEAT 11: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 15.60 def. Kaishu Tanaka (JPN) 6.20
HEAT 12: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 12.77 def. Dean Bowen (AUS) 12.57
HEAT 13: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 16.67 def. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 11.83
HEAT 14: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 16.67 def. Dylan Goodale (HAW) 12.17
HEAT 15: Andrew Doheny (USA) 12.04 def. Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 7.40
HEAT 16: Ian Gouveia (BRA) vs. Kaito Ohashi (JPN)