After Australian Nikki Van Dijk was crowned Junior Champion for the women, the 2012 Oakley World Pro Men’s Junior Championship Round 3 launched into full swing moving from 48 athletes to just 16 to fight for the title. The unbelievable 4-6 foot conditions marked arguably the best waves of any ASP World Junior Championships.
Ezekiel Lau (HAW) defeated Brazilian Deivid Silva in Round 3 after tucking into some epic barrels. The final score came down to 14.50 for Lau and 7.77 out of 20 for Silva. In order to match his 5th place position from the 2011 event, Lau will need to take down Carlos Munoz (CRI).
Ezekiel Lau (HAW) with a picture-perfect #BarrelFace. Photo: ASP
“That first set was so important,” Lau said after his heat. “It’s tempting to catch the medium size [waves] because they’re so perfect, but you have to wait for the big ones to get the scores. Surfing waves like this in a contest is incredible; I can’t believe it.”
After numerous powerful carves and clean snaps, Wade Carmichael (AUS) posted the highest two-wave total of 17.00 to take out stand-out Brazilian Junior, Peterson Crisanto.
“I just wanted to go out there and get barreled,” Carmichael said. “But that first wave came through and didn’t open up, so I just rattled off a few turns down the line.”
Carmichael’s easy-going and confident attitude prior to his heats keep him surfing his best.
“I’m one of the event’s lowest seeds, but it doesn’t bother me who I surf against,” continued Carmichael. “You just have to go out there, catch the best waves and do your thing.”
In a great match up between Caue Wood (BRA) and the 2009 ASP World Junior Champion, Maxime Huscenot (FRA), the scores came down to the wire as Wood finished with an 11.53 and Huscenot at 10.10. The massive upset leads into Round 4 where Caue Wood will face Australian competitor, Cooper Chapman.
“The surf is perfect today,” Wood said. “I was a bit worried at the end because Maxime [Huscenot] is a great surfer and a former ASP World Junior Champion. I just tried to keep calm and focus on my surfing. I’m so happy to win that one.”
Australia’s Jack Freestone pulled through in the last few minutes of his heat to accomplish the 4.01 score he needed to beat Geovane Ferreira (BRA). Freestone is now matched up with Arashi Kato (JPN) in Round 4 of competition.
“It feels good to get through that one,” Freestone said. “I needed a score at the end of the heat, but I wasn’t stressing. I’m not putting pressure on myself at this event, I’m just going to see what happens.”
Kalani David (HAW) faced Luke Davis (USA) in an epic Round 3 battle with a mere 0.16 wedged between the two scores. David managed to send some high-flying aerials to the judges where they gave the second youngest surfer in the men’s draw the score he needed to win the heat.
“I jumped in the air when they read out the score,” David said. “Luke [Davis] is such a good surfer. I feel bad for him losing by only that much. I don’t know what I was thinking on that wave. I just threw up a big air, and when I landed I went for another one. I’m so stoked to win that one.”
Ventura County, California’s Connor Coffin (USA) sent the last local Indonesian surfer home after a great heat packed with incredible talent from both athletes. Hairil Anwar (IND) put on an incredible show for the beach, boosting aerials with a final score of 13.94. Coffin stuck to his power gouges to post the score he needed to win with a 15.53.
“Oney [Hairil Anwar] is one of my favorite people in this event,” Coffin said. “He came up to me to talk about conditions and say good luck before the heat. He’s such a nice guy. I knew I’d have to get good scores to beat him, because he does these rad blow-tail turns and airs. This is my last year as a junior so I’m really enjoying my time at this event.”
The Men’s division will head into Round 4 when competition returns.
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEN’S ROUND 3 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.50 def. Deivid Silva (BRA) 7.77
HEAT 2: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 13.50 def. Vicente Romero (ESP) 11.70
HEAT 3: Evan Thompson (USA) 10.60 def. Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 7.10
HEAT 4: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 17.00 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 13.10
HEAT 5: Caue Wood (BRA) 11.53 def. Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 10.10
HEAT 6: Cooper Chapman (AUS) 14.63 def. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 13.76
HEAT 7: Andrew Doheny (USA) 16.26 def. Koa Smith (HAW) 8.47
HEAT 8: Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.17 def. Jack Robinson (AUS) 9.04
HEAT 9: Jack Freestone (AUS) 13.43 def. Geovane Ferreira (BRA) 10.00
HEAT 10: Arashi Kato (JPN) 9.27 def. Michael February (ZAF) 8.77
HEAT 11: Kalani David (HAW) 14.66 def. Luke Davis (USA) 14.50
HEAT 12: Connor Coffin (USA) 15.53 def. Hairil Anwar (IND) 13.94
HEAT 13: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.40 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 13.43
HEAT 14: Frederico Morais (PRT) 16.90 def. Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 7.43
HEAT 15: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 14.50 def. Hiroto Arai (JPN) 10.90
HEAT 16: Thomas Woods (AUS) 14.77 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 12.76
UPCOMING OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEN’S ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Carlos Munoz (CRI)
HEAT 2: Evan Thompson (USA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
HEAT 3: Caue Wood (BRA) vs. Cooper Chapman (AUS)
HEAT 4: Andrew Doheny (USA) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
HEAT 5: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Arashi Kato (JPN)
HEAT 6: Kalani David (HAW) vs. Connor Coffin (USA)
HEAT 7: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Frederico Morais (PRT)
HEAT 8: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) vs. Thomas Woods (AUS)