Keramas in Bali, Indonesia hosted another day of outstanding surfing, big upsets and a solid swell for the Men’s Round 2 of the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior Championships. With a variety of barrels and turn sections to be had, the under-21 athletes charged the waves on offer at Keramas for another great day of competition. A favorite competition for many, the lucky competitors are frothing on the opportunity to surf Bali with only one other guy in the lineup.
Little Aussie shredder, Jack Robinson, put on an unbelievable show finding the barrels to upset ASP World Junior Champion, Caio Ibelli (BRA). The 14-year-old wildcard was careful about his wave selection and ended up with the highest scores to advance to Round 3. A double barrel was not enough for Ibelli to get a birthday win, knocked out of the competition early by the young Australian competitor. This 14 going on 30 Robbo is out for the win – watch him in Round 3.
“There weren’t a lot of waves,” Robinson said. “If he (Ibelli) caught the waves I did, he would have gotten big scores, too. I surf waves like this at home in WA all the time, so barrel riding is one of my strengths. I’m pretty happy; it feels good to win that one.”
Keanu Asing (HAW) opened up his Round 2 heat against the local Indonesian wildcard, Nyoman Satria (IND), with a difficult start. Asing made it through the uneasy conditions to post scores high enough to make it to Round 3.
“There were no waves in that heat,” Asing said. “It would have been nice if we could have shared a bunch of barrels, but a win is a win. In the freesurf this morning I was getting wave after wave and it was so much fun. That’s just how it goes sometimes. I’m stoked be in Round 3. Last year at this event I got some of the best waves I’ve ever had in competition, so I hope I score like that in the next round.”
Jack Freestone (AUS) defeated the second Indonesian surfer, Gazali Hamzah (IND), with his 15.50 heat score total against Hamzah’s 10.66. Both Indonesian competitors finished with good scores and great performance proving years of practice on their perfect home breaks.
Andrew Doheny (USA) performed stronger in his Round 2 battle, unleashing a combination of moves. As last year’s Oakley World Pro Junior runner-up, Doheny needs those top scores to make it through the competition featuring some of the world’s best.
“The level of surfing at this event is so high!” Doheny said. “I get nervous because everyone is so good. I was off my game in the first round, so it feels good to come back and have a good heat. I’m loving being in Bali; there’s a lot of good rights and the people, food and everything are great.”
Wade Carmichael’s (AUS) pre-competition freesurfing definitely paid off in his Round 2 heat. Carmichael’s powerful surfing against Soli Bailey (AUS) was difficult to match as he moved onto Round 3.
“I’m frothing,” Carmichael said. “That was fun. I stayed here at Komune a week before the event and it was great to get lots of practice sessions. I’m feeling good. I feel like this wave suits my surfing so I just want to get on a roll.”
Local Indonesian wildcard Hairil Anwar relocated to the Gold Coast, Australia to work on his competitive surfing. Being from Lakey Peak, Sumbawa, Anwar showed off his training by defeating Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF), therefore still in the race for the title of ASP World Junior Title.
“It’s good to win for my family and friends who have come to visit, and for my country.” Anwar said. “When I’m in Australia I miss my home, but it’s great to surf Snapper with guys like Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson. It’s done so much for my surfing. If my friends want to make it in surfing, they will probably have to do the same.”
Representing his hometown in Japan, Kaito Ohashi took out South African surfer Slade Prestwich in a close heat. It was his series of backhand snaps that pushed Ohashi into Round 3.
“I love Keramas,” Ohashi said. “I fell on some good waves, so I am happy to win the heat and make Round 3.”
A call will be made at 5:45am local time for a possible 6am start to the women’s Final and the Men’s Round 3. The Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali will run from October 6 – 17. For LIVE webcast more, check www.oakleyprojunior.com.
OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S ROUND 2:
HEAT 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) 8.67 def. Nyoman Satria (IND) 7.33
HEAT 2: Jack Freestone (AUS) 15.50 def. Gazali Hamzah (IND) 10.66
HEAT 3: Jack Robinson (AUS) 14.00 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 5.10
HEAT 4: Geovane Ferreira (BRA) 12.37 def. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 11.87
HEAT 5: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.60 def. Makai McNamara (HAW) 7.20
HEAT 6: Andrew Doheny (USA) 15.00 def. Luan Carvalho (BRA) 5.30
HEAT 7: Arashi Kato (JPN) 10.00 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 7.80
HEAT 8: Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 8.60 def. Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 7.54
HEAT 9: Evan Thompson (USA) 12.77 def. Jocelyn Poulou (PYF) 12.60
HEAT 10: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 16.67 def. Soli Bailey (AUS) 9.76
HEAT 11: Hairil Anwar (IND) 12.34 def. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 9.14
HEAT 12: Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.34 def. Taylor Clark (USA) 9.10
HEAT 13: Hiroto Arai (JPN) 11.17 def. Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 10.80
HEAT 14: Cooper Chapman (AUS) 9.67 def. Reo Kanao (JPN) 3.27
HEAT 15: Caue Wood (BRA) 12.93 def. Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 12.50
HEAT 16: Kalani David (HAW) 12.40 def. Davey Brand (ZAF) 10.84
UPCOMING OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
HEAT 2: Carlos Munoz (CRI) vs. Vicente Romero (ESP)
HEAT 3: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) vs. Evan Thompson (USA)
HEAT 4: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
HEAT 5: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) vs. Caue Wood (BRA)
HEAT 6: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) vs. Cooper Chapman (AUS)
HEAT 7: Koa Smith (HAW) vs. Andrew Doheny (USA)
HEAT 8: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS)
HEAT 9: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Geovane Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 10: Michael February (ZAF) vs. Arashi Kato (JPN)
HEAT 11: Luke Davis (USA) vs. Kalani David (HAW)
HEAT 12: Connor Coffin (USA) vs. Hairil Anwar (IND)
HEAT 13: Matt Banting (AUS) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 14: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Kaito Ohashi (JPN)
HEAT 15: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) vs. Hiroto Arai (JPN)
HEAT 16: Thomas Woods (AUS) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)