Dillon Perillo Claims Victory at Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Japan
Sunny summer skies and two to three foot surf fanned by clean offshore winds greeted the final day of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-1 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Japan Qualifier on Saturday. The swell, a remnant of the Typhoon Morakot, provided contestable waves for the final day of competition at the renowned Tsurugasaki Beach in Chiba where American Dillon Perillo (Malibu, CA) took the championship.
Perillo, who is currently rated #1 in the ASP North America Pro Junior rankings, took to the water in the four-man Final along with Kato Arashi (JPN), Mitch Crews (AUS), and Chris Friend (AUS). All standout surfers, it was a hard-fought battle to the end with Perillo earning the win with a 13.75 (out of a possible 20). Local hero Arashi, the only Japanese contender to make the Final, took second, just a tenth of a point behind Perillo with a 13.65. Australians Crews and Friend secured third and fourth respectively.
Perillo’s victory is his second win of the 2009 ASP Pro Junior Series, but this one is particularly gratifying for him as he traveled to Japan specifically to qualify for the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Final.
“I feel great right now. It’s crazy,” said Perillo. “Back home a couple months ago, I was surfing the [Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge U.S.A Qualifier at Lowers] trying to qualify for the same thing. I was in second for the whole Final and then in the last minute Davey [Cathels] got me, knocked me down to third and I missed the spot to Bali. But now it doesn’t matter because I made it to the contest. So I’m stoked!”
Finishing in the top two spots earns Perillo and Arashi qualifications into the 2009 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Final in Bali, Indonesia, October 7-17 where the world’s best juniors will compete for $75,000 – the richest prize purse in junior surfing. One chance to qualify remains – the ASP Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge France at Grand Plage, Lacanau, Gironde, August 13-17 with a $10,000 prize purse.
2009 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Japan Final Results:
1：13.75 Perillo Dillon(USA)
2：13.65 Arashi Kato (JPN)
3：13.50 Crews Mitch (AUS)
4：12.00 Friend Chris (AUS)