Oakley World Pro Junior in Bali Begins Tomorrow
On the eve of Day 1 of the Oakley World Pro Junior waiting period, the waves at both Canggu and Keramas made it pretty clear that action was going to begin with first light on Saturday morning. Multiple swells in the water off of the picturesque and wave-rich island of Bali had both spots firing and the lineups packed with world-class junior talent.
At Echo Beach in Canggu, the local wildcard trials ran in overhead, challenging conditions, with two spots into the main event on the line. Nyoman Satria and Gazali Hamzah battled their way through the long day of heats at Canggu and will be representing the Balinese people once the event begins. Hamzah’s brother, Hairil Anwar, is also in the event, invited as the ASP Australasia wildcard.
Meanwhile, nearly an hour down the road at Keramas, the majority of the main event competitors were exchanging pleasantries and scratching into as many waves as possible. A who’s-who of junior talent – from defending champ Caio Ibelli to Koa Smith to Conner Coffin to former champ Jack Freestone to wunderkind Jack Robinson – were threading their way through barrels and throwing down an array of aerial maneuvers. With the two ASP Junior World Champion crowns on the line, it should be an exciting and dramatic 13 days of surfing and experiencing the unique culture of this slice of paradise in the South Pacific.