ASP has recently announced that both men’s and women’s 2012 World Junior Championships will be held in Bali, Indonesia, this October. The dispute has been settled and Indonesia was chosen for its pristine conditions and high-performance right-hander.
“Oakley is proud and excited to crown the 2012 ASP World Junior Champion in the idyllic surf destination that is Bali,” Ronny Nelson, Oakley Global Surf Sports Marketing Manager, said. “The waves, geography and culture make this place a must-visit destination for all surfers. Since the beginning, Oakley has made it a priority to run this event only in quality swell and Bali has produced every year. With the pristine shores of Keramas as the main site and Canggu as the back-up location we feel we have a winning combination. Now in our fifth year, we’ve grown the event and witnessed the juniors rise to the occasion each and every year,” continued Nelson. “We can’t wait to see what they’re going to unleash in Bali this October.”
Bali will now be added to a list of high-ranking destinations including Queensland’s Burleigh Heads, Sydney’s North Narrabeen, Victoria’s Phillip Island and Maui’s Honolua Bay. The primary venue will be held at Keramas rivermouth with a backup venue at Echo Beach, Canggu.
Jack Freestone, a 20 year old from Australia, claimed the 2010 ASP World Junior Title and is stoked that his last year competing as a junior will be held in Bali.
“It’s a perfect scenario,” Freestone said. “I think the ASP World Junior Champion being crowned in Bali is great. Winning the ASP World Juniors helped propel me into the next stage of my career. I couldn’t be more grateful for that, but as for what that means right now, I think I will have a target on my back. Other surfers know I have been successful in Bali in the past and will be gunning for me. I’m looking forward to the week and challenges that event brings.”
With Bali chosen as the destination, Billabong’s revered event at North Narrabeen will be off the schedule.
“The ASP World Junior Championship is undoubtedly the premier junior title globally,” ASP’s Matt Wilson said. ” In order to enhance this status and ensure the best junior surfers in the world are available to compete for the ASP World Junior title, we are focusing on producing one World Junior Championship event, in a quality, iconic location each year.”
PAST ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONS:
2011: Caio Ibelli (BRA), Leila Hurst (HAW)
2010: Jack Freestone (AUS), Alizee Arnaud (FRA)
2009: Maxime Huscenot (REU), Laura Enever (AUS)
2008: Kai Barger (HAW), Pauline Ado (FRA)
2007: Pablo Paulino (BRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
2006: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Nicola Atherton (AUS)
2005: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
2004: Pablo Paulino (BRA)
2003: Adriano de Souza (BRA)
2001: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
2000: Pedro Henrique (BRA)
1999: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
1998: Andy Irons (HAW)