The Oakley Pro Junior Qualifier in  Brazil is locked, loaded and ready for lift-off after the hottest surfing talent in South America battled it out in the local trials to secure their places in the main round.

The fourth stop on the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge saw competitors from South and Central America battling it out for a place in the prestigious championship in Bali. If yesterday was anything to go by, the Brazil Qualifier will be of the highest order as scores soared and competitors, led by performances from Marco Fernandez, Yan Guimaraes and Jesse Mendes upped the ante at Etapa Itajai.

Fernandez was in particularly rare form ripping it up againstthe picturesque left hand beach-break making it known to all that he means business this week. Joining Fernandez in the main draw will be Thiago Guimaraes who also revelled in the waist-high conditions alongside Gustavo Sanches, Gabriel Medina, KrystianKymerson and Yuri Goncalves; all of whom capitalized on everyopportunity to impress the judges and crowd.

The reward for yesterday’s excellent performances – facing the likes of Thiago Camarao, Peterson Crisanto, Miguel Pupo, Franklin Serpa and Jadson Andre in the main event.

“I’m so excited about this week,” Andre said with anticipation. “It was good to relax yesterday, but this week is going to be a tough event.”

The stakes are high with the chance to be crowned the ASP South American Champion and win a total prize purse of $22,000, but this is something Andre is looking forward to.

“I had never competed in a Pro-Junior event until this year in Australia, so I’m stoked to be surfing this event in my home country with best friends,” he added.

Andre, who recently turned 19, has been on a role in 2009 finishing second in the ASP Billabong World Junior Championships, second in the Oakley Australian Qualifier at North Stradbroke and a run of excellent results on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS).

“I have been stoked with how I have performed so far this year,” he admitted humbly. “I’ve already qualified for the Global Challenge in Bali, but I still want to win this event.”

The Oakley Pro Junior Brazil begins today with five exciting days of competition set to come.
For more information and to stay up-to-date on all the latest action log on to oakleyprojunior.com.


Tess Weaver


May 20, 2009