With another blistering day of competition done at Itajai, the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Brazil Qualifier is grinding it’s way into the business end of proceedings. Greeted again with excellent conditions, the next wave of South American superstars boosted, belted and bashed their way through day two with style and grace.

Led by the performances of Jadson Andre, who for the second day running posted the highest heat total of the day (15.66 out of a possible 20), the level of surfing was of the highest order. Currently ranked fourth on the gruelling Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS), Andre is seemingly a cut above his rivals, mixing speed, power and an unmatched aerial attack.

“I am very happy,” Andre said after another great day at the office. “I managed to get lucky and catch the best waves and continue to gain momentum.”

With a large crowd watching above from the breakwall, Andre was able to summons the energy of the crowd during his heat.

“The crowd really helped me through the heat, making lots of noise from the pier – it sounded like the gallery was vibrating.”

On the second day of the fourth stop on the prestigious Oakley Global Pro Junior Challenge, Jesse Mendes also was in fine form. Accumulating a combined heat score of 15.50 (out of a possible 20), Mendes impressed netting a big third round win against Jeronimo Vargas.

“It’s so fun out there,” Mendes said. “You just have to be a little patient and wait for the right wave to come, but once it does you can really open up and go to town.”

Matheus Navarro, Miguel Pupo, Franklin Serpa and Peterson Crisanto were also victorious, qualifying through to the quarterfinal stages tomorrow. Perhaps the day’s biggest surprise was the elimination of Wiggolly Dantes, who was outmatched and outclassed by Gabriell Medina.

With the chance to become ABRASP (Brazilian Champion) / ASP South America and a total prize purse US $22,000 at stake, as well as qualification into the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge in Bali, each surfer recognizes the importance of a good result. A first or second place finish secures a place in Bali for the showdown of the best juniors in the world at the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge final.

With the second round completed today, alongside the first 14 heats of the second round, the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Brazil Qualifier continues tomorrow with another excellent day of competition expected for the quarterfinals.


Tess Weaver


May 22, 2009