Firing Barrels for Round 3 & 4 of the Oakley World Pro Junior
After four days at Canggu, Contest Director, Beau Emerton, relocated the high stakes tournament to the famed high performance right-hand break of Keramas where a barrel bonanza ensued for Rounds 3 and 4 of the Oakley World Pro Junior. The world’s top young bloods went tube-for-tube in clean 5-6 ft barreling waves.
2010 ASP European Pro Junior champion, Oakley’s Charles Martin demonstrated his superior tube riding skills on Day 3 to oust Nic Von Rupp in their Round 3 showdown.
“It was pretty fun out there,” he said. “You just have to get the right one and it’s the most perfect wave in the world. It’s awesome.”
Martin will now take on Mitch Crews, who eliminated no. 2 seed, Oakley’s Marc Lacomare in a low-scoring Round 3 affair.
It was Dale Staples, however, who scored both, the day’s highest individual (9.80) and combined (16.63) wave scores in reward for his tube-riding repertoire.
“That was such a good barrel,” said Staples. “I couldn’t really have asked for much more – it was nearly perfect. Hopefully it will be the same tomorrow, if not better.”
The competition was suspended for the day upon the completion of Round 3, but resumed at 6:30 am this morning (10/7) in the best conditions the event has seen to date.
Oakley’s Santa Cruz star Nat Young got straight to business in the opening heat of the day against Tyler Newton, stalling through a selection of Keramas caverns to storm through to the quarter-finals with a day high 18.96 two-wave total.
“Last year we surfed this wave and it was pretty small with tight little barrels,” he said. “You couldn’t have asked for better waves today. I got a lot of fun waves and some awesome barrels. I hope I get to surf again in this type of condition.”
In a tube battle royal, Jack Freestone eliminated event favorite, Oakley’s Kolohe Andino – 18.47 to 15.24, to setup a quarter-final showdown with Young.
Oakley wonder kid Conner Coffin continued the blitzkrieg of barrels against Krystian Kymerson, driving through the belly of a gaping Keramas tube to nail the day’s highest individual wave score, an 9.83 out of a possible 10, which he promptly backed up with an 8.43 to solidify the victory. Next up, he’ll take on fellow O teammate, Caio Ibelli in the second quarter-final.
Competition wrapped for the day with the completion of Round 4 and will resume again tomorrow (10/8) with a 5:30 am call.
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