Davey Cathels Wins the 2011 Oakley World Pro Junior
Davey Cathels (AUS) has won the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali after an epic Final battle with Andrew Doheny (USA). As the day dawned competitors and surf fans were greeted by a slight increase in swell size, as predicted by official event forecaster Surfline, with clean 3 – 5 foot surf consistently rolling into Canggu.
Stop No. 1 of 3 on the ASP World Junior Tour, the Oakley World Pro Junior plays a vital role in determining the ASP World Junior Champion. With critical ratings points on the line the remaining competitors held nothing back for an exciting final day of competition.
The final heat had the crowd on the black sand beach on Canggu on their feet as the two surfers battled it out in a flurry of sets, carving and slashing the long rippable right-handers. It was Cathels who stood up and snatched the win, gouging a couple of monster turns and launching into a massive lien air to score a near perfect 9.63 (out of a possible 10) to shut the door on Doheny’s Oakley World Pro Junior title hopes.
Davey Cathels (AUS) takes the event win, USD$25,000 and the lead in the ASP World Junior Title Race with 10,000 ratings points.
“This is the biggest win of my career!” Cathels said. “I wasn’t feeling much pressure when I was chasing that big score at all. I’m always more nervous watching other people compete than when I’m actually doing it myself. I’ve been having good surfs all week and I knew if I got the right waves I could get the score. I still can’t believe I won, I just tried to do all the little things right all week and get through a few heats and now here I am. I’m so stoked!”
Cathels had planned to skip the next ASP World Pro Junior event in Brazil and enter an ASP PRIME event in Santa Cruz, California, but is now unsure of what he’ll do.
“I’m not sure what I’m going to do next,” Cathels said. “I was going to go to Santa Cruz, but now maybe I’ll go to Brazil. I’ll have to have a long think about this and talk to my Dad and manager.”
Andrew Doheny (USA) has been exciting to watch all event with his stylish and unpredictable approach, he now takes home USD$10,000 and 8000 point towards the 2011 ASP World Junior Title Race.
“I’m super stoked because I’m not the best contest surfer,” Doheny said. “I came here last year and lost in the first round, so I said to myself as long as I win that heat I’ll be happy, then I ended up getting second. I did a lot better than I thought so I’m really happy.”
Garrett Parkes (AUS) lost the all Australian Semifinal against Davey Cathels (AUS), the pair went wave for wave, turn for turn in a very evenly matched affair, but Parkes was left needing a score when the ocean went flat for the last 10 minutes of the heat. Parkes goes home with an equal 3rd place finish, USD $5000 and 6500 ASP World Junior Tour ratings points.
“It’s a good comeback for me after having such a bad year last year,” Parkes said. “I can’t complain, it’s just a bummer there was no waves at the end there. The heat before us had about a thousand waves, so I was keen to get out there and get a couple, but Davey [Cathels] got all the good ones and then the waves stopped. That happens sometimes.”
Oakley’s team surfer Conner Coffin (USA) was eliminated in the next Semifinal by fellow American Andrew Doheny (USA). The heat started slow, but finished on a high note with both surfers putting it all on the line with two big exchanges during the final minutes of the heat. Coffin held the precarious lead coming out of the water, but everyone on the beach held their breath in anticipation as the judges presided over the final exchange. When it was ultimately announced that Doheny had dropped a massive 8.07 on his final wave to reclaim the lead the crowd went wild.
“I’m feeling fine, kind of bummed, but it was a good heat,” Coffin said. “It came down to the end and I caught the first wave, which was a bit bumpy. The second one that [Andrew] got was cleaner and he ripped it apart. That’s how it goes, I got 5th here last year so it’s good to go one better.”
Fellow Oakley surfer Caio Ibelli (BRA) celebrated his 18th birthday with an equal 5th place finish at the Oakley World Pro Junior. Ibelli was a standout performer throughout the event, but came up against a red hot Andrew Doheny (USA) in Quarterfinal 4, one of the best heats of the entire event. Ibelli clocked up two scores in the excellent range, but it wasn’t enough and goes home with USD $2250 and 5250 points towards his 2011 ASP World Junior Title campaign.
“It’s pumping out there,” Ibelli said. “I had so much fun, even though I lost, it was still a great birthday present to get to surf waves like that with one other guy. Andrew [Doheny] ripped all event, I tried my best and got two 8-point rides, but I needed a 9.00, but I’m still so happy.”
Overall the 2011 Oakley World Pro Junior was a huge success and got the ASP World Junior Tour started with a bang. The next event will hit the wave rich shores of Rio de Janiero, Brazil from Oct 24 – Nov 2.
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OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S FINAL RESULT:
Davey Cathels (AUS) 18.03 def. Andrew Doheny (USA) 17.10
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Davey Cathels (AUS) 16.33 def. Garrett Parkes (AUS) 13.20
HEAT 2: Andrew Doheny (USA) 15.37 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 14.73
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Davey Cathels (AUS) 14.60 def. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 11.17
HEAT 2: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 14.97 def. Eziekel Lau (HAW) 12.34
HEAT 3: Conner Coffin (USA) 15.60 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 13.96
HEAT 4: Andrew Doheny (USA) 17.16 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 16.27