NAT YOUNG SHINES IN ALL-STAR ROUND 3 AFFAIR AT OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR
CANGGU, Bali/Indonesia (October 5, 2010) – A building swell continues to deliver a smorgasbord of waves for the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior, event number one on the ASP World Junior Tour (WJT), with competition being run for the fourth day in a row at Canggu in Bali today.
In clean 4 ft waves, Contest Director, Beau Emerton, decided to complete Round 2 of the men’s and the first eight heats of Round 3 before suspending competition for the day.
And, albeit the steamy conditions, the sophomores of the surfing world were cool under pressure, throwing plenty of big, modern moves on a stellar day of progressive surfing.
Setting the pace was Santa Cruz star Nat Young (USA), who lifted the performance bar with the event’s first perfect 10-point ride in the opening heat of Round 3.
After a slow start against Kaimana Jacquias (HAW), Young got busy, jagging a set wave before depositing a variety of powerful backhand moves to land a 9.47 (out of a possible 10).
“It was kind of a slow start,” he said. “We were both trying to hold position, but I kept getting the good waves. I felt I was in rhythm and focused on building bigger scores.”
The young Californian then asserted his dominance, performing a radical ‘Gorkin Flip’, a backside double grab inverted 360 air, to score a 10.00 and finish with the event’s highest combined heat total of a 19.47 (out of a possible 20).
“I try them a lot at home,” he said. “I’ve had a few big scores with them so I just went for it and got lucky. I was kind of nervous as the natural footers can do air reverses so easily out there.”
He’ll now take on Tyler Newton (HAW), who dispatched of Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), in Round 4.
Kauai young gun Newton asserted his dominance in both his Round 2 and 3 heats to advance to Round 4.
Newton unloaded an electric mix of powerful rail carves and new-school moves in Round 2, notching an 8.83 in the early stages of the 25-minute showdown against Andrew Doheny (USA), before waiting until the final minutes to land a heat winning 8.13.
“It felt good on the outside, but I didn’t want to fall through the inside break,” he said. ”I was like Bali, please be good to me and just hoped I would get the score.”
The Hawaiian charger then collected a 9.17 and a 7.50 to beat South African De Vries – 16.67 to 16.13, in their tight Round 3 heat.
No.1 seed Alejo Muniz (BRA) was the day’s biggest casualty, going down against Conner Coffin (USA) in the last heat of Round 3.
Coffin laid down a 14.90 total (out of a possible 20) to Muniz’ 13.60.
Other Round 3 standouts included Kolohe Andino (USA), Jack Freestone (AUS), Caio Ibelli (HAW), Shaun Joubert (ZAF) and Krystian Kymerson (BRA).
The contest will resume tomorrow at Kermas at 6:00 am.
OAKLEY ASP WORLD PRO JUNIOR REMAINING ROUND 2 RESULTS (MEN’S):
Heat 10: Chris Salisbury (AUS) 13.66 def. Hiroto Arai (JPN) 13.23
Heat 11: Tyler Newton (USA) 16.96 def. Andrew Doheny 15.27
Heat 12: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 15.67 def. Kento Takahashi (JPN) 6.43
Heat 13: Alex Smith (HAW) 14.67 def. Arashi Kato (JPN) 9.43
Heat 14: Ty Watson (AUS) 14.60 def. Luke Davis (USA) 12.50
Heat 15: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 16.66 def. Filipe Jervis (PRT) 9.33
Heat 16: Albee Layer (HAW) 18.40 def. Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 6.50
OAKLEY ASP WORLD PRO JUNIOR ROUND 3 RESULTS (MEN’S):
Heat 1: Nat Young (USA) 19.47 def. Kaimana Jacquias (HAW) 12.76
Heat 2: Tyler Newton (HAW) 16.67 def. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 16.13
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.07 def. Chris Salisbury (AUS) 11.26
Heat 4: Jack Freestone (AUS) 15.23 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.66
Heat 5: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.30 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.37
Heat 6: Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 13.93 def. Albee Layer (HAW) 13.34
Heat 7: Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 15.50 def. Evan Geiselman (USA) 14.00
Heat 8: Connor Coffin (USA) 14.90 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.60