Inaugural Oakley World Pro Junior is Underway in Bali

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The inaugural Oakley World Pro Junior is underway in Bali, Indonesia. The contest kicked-off on Saturday, October 2, on the black sandy beach of Canggu.

The opening round of the contest saw the women take to the water in spectacular form. Oakley’s Sage Erickson (USA) tied her round one heat with Alessa Quizon (HAW). Both women scored a solid two wave score of 12.10 to advance directly into the third round of competition.

Other women who earned third round berths on day one include Lakey Peterson (USA), Laura Enever (AUS), and Pauline Ado (FRA) among others.

Day one wrapped with the conclusion of women’s round one and resumed today, (Sunday, October 3) with round one of the men’s division in building 3-4 ft waves.

The surfing today, looked more like an on going expression session with Canggu providing the ideal canvas for 48 of the world’s top junior surf phenoms to unload an eclectic brand of new-age aerials, stylish tube riding and power rail moves in the race for round three berths.

With excellent conditions on offer, contest director and former ASP World Tour competitor, Beau Emerton, opted to keep the contest running through the first four heats of the men’s division round two.

Reigning ASP Men’s World Junior Champion Maxime Huscenot (FRA) advanced unscathed through his round one showdown against Enrique Aritu (PYF) and Guillermo Satt (CHL) with a high scoring 17.00, out of a possible 20 points, two-wave score.

“The conditions were great,” he said. “I was really excited to come to Bali. I’ve only been here twice, but I’ve always surfed good waves here. I was frothing to compete.”

Huscenot, showcased his solid surfing repertoire from his opening ride, netting a 7.50, but it was his superior tube riding skills that had the crowd cheering.

Sitting on the inside from his fellow competitors, Huscenot jagged a solid peaky Canggu wave before setting up and threading through a double barrel to nab a 9.50.

“I wanted to wait for the sets, but I kind of got a few scores before a big set came through,” he said. “We didn’t get many sets in the heat. But I made what I got count.”

Oakley ripper, Kolohe Andino (USA) threw caution to the wind, unleashing an onslaught of aerial maneuvers to collect a solid 16.33 (out of a possible 20) two-wave score and take the win.

Fellow O teammates Marc Lacomare and Charles Martin, turned heat nine into a battle between Frenchmen with Charles ultimately coming out on top. That’s not to discount Putra Hermawan (IND) who made nine valiant attempts to best his French competitors.

2010 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series Champion Mitch Crews (AUS) made a strong start to his campaign, bagging a 16.63 two-wave score (out of a possible 20) to storm through to Round 3 contention.

“It was fun out there,” he said. “It’s not every day that you get to surf fun Canggu rights with two guys out. I’m psyched to get it uncrowded for once.”

Crews, who started off the 2010 season off solid with three ASP Pro Junior wins in Australia en route to claiming the ASP Australian Pro Junior Series title, threw out an entertaining showing of progressive surfing to beat Tyler Newton (USA) and Caio Ibelli (BRA).

“Everyone is doing crazy spins and flips,” he said. “You might as well try it. To be the best you need to beat the best and just lift in every heat. The draw is so packed with talent.”

After his disappointing third place finish in round one, Oakley’s Caio Ibelli (BRA) entered his elimination round two heat determined to advance. An aerial battle ensued as Caio launched a back-to-back assault for a 18.17 two-wave score in the opening minutes leaving Putra Hermawan (IND) in his wake for the remainder of the heat.

Other standout Round 1 performers included Oakley teammates Nat Young (USA) and Evan Geiselman (USA) as well as Kiron Jabour (HAW), Keanu Asing (HAW), Davey Cathels (AUS) and Granger Larsen (HAW).

The contest will resume tomorrow (Oct. 4) at 6.30am at Canngu with the round two of the women’s division.

The Oakley ASP World Pro Junior will be webcast LIVE via www.oakleyprojunior.com. Miss the live action? Catch up with Heats on Demand at www.oakleyprojunior.com/on-demand/.

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