The 2012 Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali kicked off at Echo Beach, Canguu this weekend with impressive performances. The under 21 event hosts the world’s best surfers to compete for the title of 2012 ASP World Junior Champion.
The male competitors jumped right into the event with high scores, progressive maneuvers and impressive power. Brazilian competitor, Peterson Crisanto, opened up his account in Bali with a near perfect two wave heat total of 19.00.
“It’s a good start for me,” Crisanto said. “The start of the heat was slow, but then I did an air and the judges gave me a 9.33. Then I tried to keep busy and I caught a wave in the last minute of the heat and got another 9. I don’t know why, but I was nervous before, so I am pretty stoked to be through to Round 3. Canggu is like my home break; it’s pretty much my favorite place to surf in the world.”
Though he has suffered numerous injuries over the past year, Ryan Callinan (AUS) from New Castle dominated his heat to advance directly into Round 3 of the event.
“That first heat is always nerve racking for me,” Callinan said. “I don’t think I’ve won in Round 1 at this event before, so it feels really good to leapfrog Round 2. This is my last year as a junior and I want to do well…. I felt really good out there today, so that gives me a lot of confidence.”
“I just wanted to wait out the back for the really big ones,” Huscenot said. “There were some good waves, with some good walls and I managed to find them. This is my last event competing as a junior; it’s funny, because you start so young and time goes fast and it’s over pretty quick. I’m stoked to have already won an ASP World Junior Title and hopefully I can do it again this year.”
Connor Coffin (USA) managed to advance directly to Round 3 with his stylish carves against Deivid Silva (BRA) and Taylor Clark (USA), despite his slow start to his Round 1 heat.
“I had a bad start to that heat so it feels good to get the win,” Coffin said. “I love this event; it’s my favorite event of the year. This is my third time here and I love Bali. I’m here with my family and I’m feeling good.”
Vicente Romero (ESP) caused the major upset of the day by defeating reigning ASP World Junior Champion, Caio Ibelli (BRA). In an action packed heat, Romero surfed an incredible wave with powerful carves and a massive aerial to score a near perfect 9.93.
“I’m from Barcelona, but I was born in Florianopolis, Brazil,” Romero said. “I live in the Basque Country close to Mundaka, because there are no waves in Barcelona. I’m pretty stoked with that heat, defeating the current ASP World Junior Champion. That wave was pretty clean; I did a good move first and a big air and I gave it my best. Today is my first time surfing in Canggu and I’m happy it went well for me.”
Ezekiel Lau from Hawaii boosted a monster air and used power carves to squeak by with the win against Arashi Kato (JPN) by a mere 0.20 and Italo Ferreira (BRA).
“This wave is made for punting airs,” Lau said. “I’m feeling confident this year. I feel like I know the waves, the place, the food and everything better. I’ve been working real hard to get in shape for this event. I went on a few surf trips and then spent some time at home preparing. I’m feeling good, so hopefully I can take the title home.”
After posting one of the day’s highest heat totals. Michael February (ZAF) defeated the event’s top seed Keanu Asing (HAW) and local trials runner-up Nyoman Satria (IND).
“That was the first surf I’ve had out here at Canggu this year,” February said. “I got a couple of good ones so I’m really happy. This place is well known for it’s air sections and the wind was good, too. I saw that I was up against Keanu (Asing) and I was kind of nervous, but all of the heats are hard in this competition. That win gives me a lot of confidence going into the next round.”
Day 2 of the event brought the best junior ladies in the world to Canguu, Bali for Round 1 of the women’s event. The 3-ft rights peeled down the reef at Echo Beach, waiting to crown the first ASP Women’s World Junior Champion in Indonesia.
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) showed up for her first heat pumped from just winning the ASP 6-Star SATA Airlines Azores Pro 2012 and accumulated the highest two wave heat total of the day with an 18.10.
“I’m feeling really good at the moment,” Buitendag said. “We just had three events back-to-back in Europe and I won one and I qualified for the WCT, so being in Bali is like a holiday for me. I’ve got no pressure; it’s a similar format to the WCT events I’ll be in next year, so I’m just going to have fun and see what happens.”
The 2011 ASP Women’s Junior Champion, Leila Hurst (HAW), is not making it easy for the competitors to remove her from her reigning position. She opened up her Round 1 campaign with high wave scores and ended with an 8.33 ride for the win.
“I try not to think about being the defending ASP World Junior Champion,” Hurst said. “I get really nervous when I think about it, so I’m just trying to put it out of my mind. The conditions were changing every minute and I was lucky to get a good one at the end. It was really fun out there, but tricky at the same time.”
Philippa Anderson (AUS) managed an impressive 9.50 to secure her Round 1 victory as the No.2 seed.
“I had fun out there,” Anderson said. “There wasn’t always a lot of waves coming through, but I managed to find a couple. The first heat at any contest is always nerve racking – especially at this event – because it’s the only shot at the ASP World Junior Title. I love Bali and I’m stoked to be here, so I just think about the fun side and it takes the pressure off.”
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) snapped, carved and floated her way to the second highest heat-total of the day (17.27) as the 2012 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series Champion.
“This is my first time in Bali and I’m loving it,” Van Dijk said. “I came here straight from some contests in Europe and it was a long trip, so it feels good to win that heat and start off well.”
Hawaii’s Alessa Quizon laid down some powerful backhand carves in the final heat of the day to advance directly to Round 3.
Surfers who finished third will have to battle it out in the elimination Round 2 when the event resumes. A lay day has been called for day #3, and next call will be tomorrow morning. Watch the event live here!
OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.44, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 13.17, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.83
HEAT 2: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 15.67, Soli Bailey (AUS) 10.77, Jocelyn Poulou (PYF) 7.94
HEAT 3: Vicente Romero (ESP) 17.03, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.23, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 11.67
HEAT 4: Luke Davis (USA) 13.16, Evan Thompson (USA) 11.26, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 8.17
HEAT 5: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 13.10, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 9.60, Luan Carvalho (BRA) 8.57
HEAT 6: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.70, Arashi Kato (JPN) 14.50, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.54
HEAT 7: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 19.00, Andrew Doheny (USA) 13.00, Geovane Ferreira (BRA) 10.50
HEAT 8: Michael February (ZAF) 16.67, Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.84, Nyoman Satria (IND) 7.06
HEAT 9: Koa Smith (HAW) 16.60, Jack Freestone (AUS) 14.63, Gazali Hamzah (IND) 10.57
HEAT 10: Matt Banting (AUS) 15.00, Jack Robinson (AUS) 9.43, Makai McNamara (HAW) 9.14
HEAT 11: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 15.50, Hairil Anwar (IND) 13.20, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 10.50
HEAT 12: Conner Coffin (USA) 14.50, Deivid Silva (BRA) 12.50, Taylor Clark (USA) 10.33
HEAT 13: Thomas Woods (AUS) 14.17, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 11.84, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 8.87
HEAT 14: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 16.40, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 14.07, Reo Kanao (JPN) 7.74
HEAT 15: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 14.43, Caue Wood (BRA) 11.34, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 10.63
HEAT 16: Frederico Morais (PRT) 11.97, Davey Brand (ZAF) 11.17, Kalani David (HAW) 9.17
UPCOMING OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Nyoman Satria (IND)
HEAT 2: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Gazali Hamzah (IND)
HEAT 3: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS)
HEAT 4: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) vs. Geovane Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 5: Makai McNamara (HAW) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 6: Andrew Doheny (USA) vs. Luan Carvalho (BRA)
HEAT 7: Arashi Kato (JPN) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
HEAT 8: Kaito Ohashi (JPN) vs. Slade Prestwich (ZAF)
HEAT 9: Evan Thompson (USA) vs. Jocelyn Poulou (PYF)
HEAT 10: Soli Bailey (AUS) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
HEAT 11: Hairil Anwar (IND) vs. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF)
HEAT 12: Taylor Clark (USA) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
HEAT 13: Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) vs. Hiroto Arai (JPN)
HEAT 14: Cooper Chapman (AUS) vs. Reo Kanao (JPN)
HEAT 15: Caue Wood (BRA) vs. Takumi Nakamura (JPN)
HEAT 16: Kalani David (HAW) vs. Davey Brand (ZAF)
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Leila Hurst (HAW) 13.83, Joanne Defay (FRA) 10.60, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 10.17
HEAT 2: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 15.63, Canelle Bulard (REU) 14.50, Rosanny Alvarez (VEN) 7.10
HEAT 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 18.10, Frankie Harrer (USA) 8.67, Minato Takahashi (JPN) 7.33
HEAT 4: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 16.83, Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 7.83, Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 5.86
HEAT 5: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 17.27, Brianna Cope (HAW) 11.27, Nao Omura (JPN) 7.64
HEAT 6: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.33, Quincy Davis (USA) 11.34, Maud Le Car (FRA) 7.03
UPCOMING OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Maud Le Car (FRA), Rosanny Alvarez (VEN), Minato Takahashi (JPN)
HEAT 2: Nao Omura (JPN), Mahina Maeda (HAW), Juliana Meneghel (BRA)