Spotlight Shifts to the Ladies on Day 2 of the Oakley World Pro Junior in Bali
On Day 2 of the Oakley World Pro Junior, the focus was turned toward the ladies. The winds came up and the swell had dropped, but the long right at Canggu was still running and rippable – though challenging with some chop on the face. Nonetheless, the women didn’t have any trouble demonstrating why they’re the top junior surfers in the world.
“The conditions change so much here at Canggu, but I didn’t hear one complaint from the girls here in Bali,” said Sage Erickson, an Oakley team rider, ASP World Tour sophomore and in town to do some commentating. “The waves were really good and highly contestable; we saw some huge scores throughout the whole day. Hopefully the girls will build some momentum through these early heats and get into some power over at Keramas.”
“One of the biggest standouts – her scores showed that – was Bianca Buitendag from South Africa, someone who has found a lot of success on the WQS (she qualified for the 2013 ASP World Tour). There were a few others: Nikki Van Dijk was looking really fast and quick and it’s her first trip to Bali so she’s looking excited to make a run at that World Junior title, as well as Alessa [Quizon], coming off injury and looking really strong on her back side.”
In the final heat of the day, with the wind at its strongest, Oakley team riders Quizon and Quincy Davis faced off alongside Maud Le Car. Quincy and Alessa went wave for wave for most of the heat, but Alessa’s wave selection and powerful back-hand surfing got her the win and through to Round 3.
“I’ve been out of surfing lately because I sprained my ankle,” said Quizon. “I’m slowly getting back into it. So this builds more confidence for me. Overall, I’m really happy with my heat.”
Check out all the action and the scene down on the blacksand beach at Canggu in the photo gallery or on oakleyprojunior.com.