Action Packed Day of Surfing at the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali

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The Oakley World Pro Junior Bali hit the water at Canggu today in rippable 3-foot surf. Performance levels went through the roof as all the surfers were eager to establish themselves as frontrunners for the 2011 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Junior Title. Stop No. 1 of 3 on the ASP World Junior Tour, the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali plays a crucial role in determining the ASP World Junior Champions.

The girls kicked-off the morning with an exciting round two that saw Sarah Mason (AUS), Ren Hashimoto (JPN), the youngest competitor in the field at just 13-years-old, Oakley’s Alessa Quizon (HAW) and Leila Hurst (HAW) advance through to round three.

Immediately after Dean Bowen (AUS) opened the day for the men with a close win in an all-Australian affair against Garrett Parkes (AUS) and Oakley‘s Noa Deane (AUS). All three surfers are capable of busting out big moves, but it was Bowen who came up with the win to advance directly into round three.

“I’ve been competing against Garrett (Parkes) for years, I knew I had a tough task in that heat,” Bowen said. “I really wanted to win and skip round two because that’s where I lost last year. I had a mediocre year this year; I had some injuries and I missed out on qualifying for this event by one spot. ASP gave me a wildcard. I’m really fortunate to have it and I’m going to make the most of it.”

Oakley’s Kaito Ohashi (JPN) kept the goofy-footer roll going, backside bashing the lip all the way to a heat win and a spot in the round three. It was a nervous wait at the end of the heat as Marco Fernandez (BRA) caught a wave only needing a minor score, both surfers were on the beach when it was announced that he came up short.

“My English isn’t great,” Ohashi said. “But I’m so happy to get that win. The waves here are very different from home, but they are so much fun!”

Kiron Jabour (HAW) took out one of the closest heats of the day, defeating William Aliotti (FRA) by 0.07. The heat came down to the last minute with both surfers catching waves and tagging them all the way to the beach, but it was Jabour who made the most of what was on offer.

“The whole heat I was trying to figure out which waves were good,” Jabour said. “That was the first time I’ve surfed here on the low tide. Towards the end I needed a 7.17 and William [Aliotti] got the first wave, but I got the second one. Mine lined up better and I got the win.”

Davey Cathels (AUS) put his year’s worth of experience on the ASP Prime and Star Series to good work when the wind changed and went onshore in the afternoon. Cathels left his fellow competitors Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) and Oakley’s Matt Banting (AUS) in his wake, amassing the highest heat total of the day – 17.66 (out of a possible 20).

“I was pretty excited to get out there on the rights,” Cathels said. “I was happy to get a few punt sections! Here at Canggu is great for airs, but if we move over to Keramas it will be more about the barrels and turns when you come out, and I’m ready for both.”

Oakley’s Caio Ibelli (BRA) who finished 3rd at last year’s Oakley World Pro Junior Bali had a tough start to his round one heat, not managing a score over 5.50 in his first 11 waves. Ibelli was not to be undone however and came back strong in the end blasting his fins free and power carves all the way to an 8.50 and a 7.27 (out of a possible 10) in the last five minutes of the heat to take the win.

“I tried a lot in my heat, I caught so many waves,” Ibelli said. “But I saved the best for last, I’m so stoked with my 8.50. My boards feel really good, I don’t know what was going wrong early in the heat. I was really nervous. I love Keramas barrels, so I’m excited if we go there tomorrow.”

Fellow Oakley teammate Conner Coffin (USA) finished the day with a massive upset, defeating defending Oakley World Pro Junior Bali Champion, Jack Freestone (AUS) in a see-saw battle that saw the lead change repeatedly. Ultimately it was Coffin who got the nod for his powerhouse carves and took the win.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a heat against Jack [Freestone] before,” Coffin said. “It was super fun, there was no hassling, we were just taking turns on waves. It was sick! We’re friends and there’s no hard feelings, he came up and high-fived me afterwards, and that’s the way I like to compete.”

Heat winners from round one advance directly to round three, while the other two men will surfer in head-to-head heats in round two for the remaining round three spots.

Competition was called off for the day after Heat 8 of 16 men’s round one heats. A call will be made at 9 am tomorrow at Keramas, the primary event site, due to an expected increase in swell. Log onto to oakleyprojunior.com to catch the action live.

OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Sarah Mason (NZL) 13.50, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 4.47, Diah Dewi Rahayu (IDN) 3.84
Heat 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.50, Leila Hurst (HAW) 9.50, Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 5.83

OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Dean Bowen (AUS) 15.10, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 14.10, Noa Deane (AUS) 5.23
Heat 2: Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 13.00, Marco Fernandez (BRA) 12.44, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 7.90
Heat 3: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 14.23, William Aliotti (FRA) 14.16, Joao Abreu (BRA) 11.33
Heat 4: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 14.74, Thomas Woods (AUS) 13.17, Gustavo Machado (BRA) 7.60
Heat 5: Davey Cathels (AUS) 17.66, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 13.83, Matt Banting (AUS) 12.33
Heat 6: Dylan Goodale (HAW) 15.03, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.47, Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 10.16
Heat 7: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.77, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 13.77, Deivid Silva (BRA) 10.94
Heat 8: Conner Coffin (USA) 16.53, Jack Freestone (AUS) 15.57, Ida Bagus Putu Simarai (IDN) 9.36