Huge Day of High Performance Surfing at the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali

Oakley World Pro Junior Championship 2011

The Oakley World Pro Junior Bali returned to Canggu today to take advantage of the more consistent swell and offshore winds predicted by official event forecasted Surfline. The competition is heating up as surfers left in the event have their sights set on making the finals and taking the lead in the ASP World Junior Title race.

Davey Cathels (AUS) stormed into the quarterfinals of the Oakley World Pro Junior today after taking down the formidable, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) in Round 4. Cathels put his board on rail, surfing sharp and precise, earning two excellent scores, an 8.50 and a 7.67 (out of a possible 10).

“I’ve been staying with the family instead of the boys and it’s put me in a different headspace, it seems to be working,” Cathels said. “I’ve also spent most of the year doing ASP Prime and Star events and had a few first round losses. That teaches you a lot about your surfing.”

Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) scored a huge come-from-behind victory over Oakley’s Shaun Joubert (ZAF) thanks to two big turns and a massive air-reverse, earning a near-perfect 9.50. Joubert had a last minute attempt to claw back the lead, requiring a 7.50, but came up short netting a 7.33. Ribeiro will now face North Narrabeen’s Davey Cathels in Quarterfinal 1.

“At the beginning of the heat I was a little bit nervous and didn’t get the good ones,” Ribeiro said. “Then I did that air and got a 9.50, which was lucky because Shaun [Jobert] is one of the best surfers in the event.”

Hawaiian heavy weight Eziekel Lau ended Darmaputra Tonjo (IND), the Balinese giant-killer’s deadly run during their Round 4 match-up. Lau unleashed huge power gouges and a massive alley-oop to take the win and will now face Garrett Parkes (AUS) in quarterfinal 2.

“I watched Darmaputra’s [Tonjo] Round 3 heat closely and I noticed he was on all the best waves,” Lau said. “So my plan was to do that in my heat and it worked. I wanted to get a good start so I used my power surfing, then when I had some scores I threw up that Hail Mary air and I landed it.”

Oakley’s Conner Coffin (USA) took down last year’s Oakley World Pro Junior runner-up Dale Staples (ZAF) in a tight Round 4 battle. Coffin got the score required to take the lead with just a few minutes remaining to advance to the quarterfinals.

“That was a really close heat,” Coffin said. “I wasn’t quite surfing my best and needed a little bit of luck. At the end I caught a good wave and Dale [Staples] fell on his last one; a couple things went my way and it was enough to get through.”

Heat 7 was a busy heat with both surfers catching nearly a dozen waves and Oakley’s Caio Ibelli (BRA) working to eliminate the first Australian of the competition and simultaneously keep the Brazilian campaign alive. With under five minutes left on the clock Ibelli launched a huge corrupt flip for an 8.00 to combo Ryan Callinan (AUS) and ultimately take the win.

“I’m so stoked that I found some really good waves,” said Ibelli. “My board feels really good and I was really comfortable. It’s a small wave so I tried to do the air because it’s my best thing. I’m stoke that I pulled it off.”

Peterson Crisanto (BRA) amassed the highest heat total of the men’s event so far – 18.00 (out of a possible 20). The young Brazilian attacked every section with style and flair, mixing carving turns with aerial antics, leaving jaws agape with the height and variety of his aerial repertoire.

“Canggu is my favourite wave in Bali,” Crisanto said. “The waves are so good for doing airs, so I just waited for the good ones and got some big scores. I’m staying right here so I surf this wave and practice all the time. I’m so stoked to be through to the quarterfinals.”

Sarah Mason (NZL), the 16-year-old from New Zealand was the first woman to progress to the quarterfinals after defeating Gabriela Leite (BRA) in Round 3 of the women’s event that was called on after the completion of the Men’s Round 4.

“It’s so good to get out there and get some good waves all to yourself,” Mason said. “I love Canggu, the rights are really fun.”

After running the first four heats of the Women’s Round 3 contest directors called off the contest for the afternoon with plans to capitalize on the 3-6’ waves Surfline is predicting for tomorrow. A call will be made at Canggu at 6:30 am for a possible 7am start.

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HEAT 1: Davey Cathels (AUS) 16.17 def. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 11.76
HEAT 2: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 15.50 def. Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 15.33
HEAT 3: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 13.50 def. Marco Fernandez (BRA) 10.73
HEAT 4: Eziekel Lau (HAW) 16.10 def. Darmaputra Tonjo (IND) 12.67
HEAT 5: Conner Coffin (USA) 12.06 def. Dale Staples (ZAF) 11.83
HEAT 6: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 18.00 def. Kiron Jabour (HAW) 12.33
HEAT 7: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.00 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 11.10
HEAT 8: Andrew Doheny (USA) 13.00 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 8.73

HEAT 1: Sarah Mason (NZL) 14.00 def. Gabriela Leite (BRA) 7.00
HEAT 2: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 15.50 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 13.00
HEAT 3: Nao Omura (JPN) 8.67 def. Faye Zoetmulder (ZAF) 8.60
HEAT 4: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.44 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.13