ASP WORLD JUNIOR TITLE SERIES KICKS OFF WITH OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR OCT. 3-14 IN BALI, INDONESIA

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

KERAMAS, Bali/Indonesia (Sept. 27, 2011) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Junior Championship Tour will kick off with the Oakley World Pro Junior, October 3-14, in Bali, Indonesia. The event became the first of two World Junior Championship title events last year. This year, a third event has been added, which will further solidify one undisputed World Junior Champion for men and one for women.

2010 OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPION: JACK FREESTONE

“Oakley is proud to play a role in the evolution of pro junior surfing,” says Oakley Sports Marketing Manager Ronny Nelson. “At the inaugural Oakley World Pro Junior last year, we witnessed junior surfing at it’s best. From what we’ve seen so far this year, we’re expecting to be blown away again when these guys hit the water in Bali next month.”

The first event of the series, the Oakley World Pro Junior is scheduled to run at Keramas, known for its high-performance righthanders. However, if conditions don’t cooperate, an alternate location at Canguu will be available and decided upon each morning by contest organizers.

With a holding period of Oct. 3-14, the event will see the best of the best juniors in a field of 48 men and 18 women compete. Six men each, 20 years and under, will represent ASP Australasia, ASP South America, ASP North America and ASP Europe, five each from ASP Africa, ASP Hawaii and ASP Japan, as well as nine wildcards to round out the prestigious field. Two women each will represent each region.

Last year’s Oakley World Pro Junior was clinched by two Australians Jack Freestone and Tyler Wright. Freestone went on to claim the overall World Junior Championship and is slotted to return this year to defend both titles. Challenging his status will be a bevy of international up and comers including America’s Conner Coffin and Nat Young, Australia’s Thomas Woods, Africa’s Shaun Joubert and Dale Staples and Europe’s Maxime Huscenot (who won the title in 2009).

ASP North America Team:
Men
Jake Halstead, 17, La Jolla, Calif.
Nat Young, 20, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Conner Coffin, 18, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Chase Wilson, 20, Newport Beach, Calif.
Andrew Doheny, 19, Newport Beach, Calif.
Evan Thompson, 19, Jacksonville, Florida

Women
Quincy Davis, 16, Montauk, NY
Lakey Peterson, 17, Santa Barbara, Calif.

ASP Hawaii Team:
Men
Kiron Jabour, 20, North Shore, HI
Ezekiel Lau, 17, Honolulu, HI
Keanu Asing, 18, Honolulu, HI
Dylan Goodale, 20, Kauai, HI
Tanner Hendrickson, 20, Maui, HI

Women
Coco Ho, 20, North Shore, HI
Leila Hurst, 17, Kauai, HI

ASP South America Team:
Men
Filipe Toledo
Ian Gouveia
Gustavo Machado
João Abreu
Deivid Silva
Marco Fernandez

Women
Gabriela Leite
Juliana Meneguel

ASP Australasia Team:
Men
Davey Cathels
Jack Freestone
Thomas Woods
Ryan Callinan
Garrett Parkes
Matt Banting

Women
Philipa Anderson
Dimity Stoyle

ASP Europe Team:
Men
Maxime Huscenot
Medi Veminardi
William Aliotti
Vasco Ribeiro
Frederico Morais

Women
Joanne Defay
Maud Le Car

ASP Africa Team:
Men
Shaun Joubert
Dale Staples
Beyrick De Vries
Slade Prestwich
Dylan Lightfoot
Michael February

Women
Bianca Buitendag
Faye Zoetmulder

ASP Japan Team:
Men
Kan Watanabe
Kaito Ohashi
Arashi Kato
Hiroto Arai
Kaishu Tanaka

Women
Nao Omura
Ren Hashimoto

Other past ASP World Junior Champions include Maxime Huscenot (REU) and Laura Enever (AUS) in 2009, Kai Barger (HAW) and Pauline Ado (FRA) in 2008, Pablo Paulino (BRA) and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in 2007, Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Nicola Atherton (AUS) in 2006, and Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) and Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) in 2005. ASP World Title standouts Adriano de Souza (BRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS) and the late Andy Irons (HAW) also launched their careers with ASP World Junior Championship titles.

The newly minted three-event ASP World Junior Championship series kicks off with the Oakley World Pro Junior in Bali (Oct. 3-14, 2011), followed by the Arnette World Pro Junior in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Oct. 24-Nov. 2, 2011) and culminates with the Billabong World Junior Championships in Sydney, Australia (early Jan. 2012).

To learn more about the Oakley World Pro Junior or to watch all of the action LIVE, visit: oakleyprojunior.com.

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