INDONESIA’S TOP PRO JUNIORS FLARING ON DAY ONE OF OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR AT CANGGU
Day One of the Oakley Pro Junior at Canggu Beach got off to an exciting start today as 32 of Indonesia’s top Pro Junior (Under 21 years of age) surfers ripped apart the 2-4 foot waves of the Sand Bar and the Rivermouth right, with last year’s winner and 2010 Coca-Cola ISC Open and Pro Junior Champion Putra Hermawan making his intentions clearly known by posting the day’s highest single wave score of 8.5 points (out of a possible 10) as well as the highest heat score of the day, 15.5 points out of a possible 20, in Round 2.
“It was really fun out there,” said Hermawan after his heat. “There were a lot of air sections and I like that, because the wind is a bit side shore so that made it easier for me. I’m stoked with the waves, and that I got through my heats, because I really want to win this competition again. I want that wild card!” When asked who he thought was the surfer to beat, he answered, “Definitely Tonjo. He is surfing really good and coming off a win last weekend, so he’s going to be my biggest challenge in this comp I’m sure.”
Darmaputra Tonjo and his identical twin brother Made Darmayasa, known as “the Legian Twins”, are both fast and exciting surfers who put on an excellent show for the fans on the beach this morning. Darmayasa put up the second highest single wave score of 7.25 in his Round 2 heat against Usman Trioko, and both twins posted the second highest heat scores of the day, 13.25 points out of 20, in their man-on-man Round 2 heats.
Tomorrow the twins will meet head-on in Quarterfinal 1 to see who will advance and continue their pursuit of the Oakley Pro Junior win and the coveted Wildcard entry into the ASP sanctioned Oakley World Pro Junior Championships that will be held at Keramas from October 3-14, the richest Pro Junior contest in history with a whopping $75,000 USD in prize money.
Also up for grabs at this event is Rp 30 million in prize money and valuable Coca-Cola ISC Pro Junior Division Championship points, so these under 21 pro juniors are pulling out all the stops and going big in each heat in their efforts to impress the judges and get into the next round.
Oakley’s Lee Wilson, a two time Coca-Cola ISC Open Champion, liked what he saw during the day’s competitions, saying “The boys that are getting through, like the twins and Putra for example, are putting up world class performances. They are chasing a big prize in the World Pro Junior wildcard, and they will do well if they continue to surf like they did today. I’m really looking forward to watching the twins battle it out tomorrow in the quarterfinals!”
Tomorrow’s waves conditions should be much the same as today, and the competition should start off around 8 am with the remaining four heats of Round 2 and continue into the quarterfinals.
Also being held sometime during the next two days will be the Oakley-Lines Airshow, with Rp 500,000 up for grabs for the highest flying pro junior to land a spectacular aerial, as well as the semi-final battle of the first-in-Indonesia Oakley Surf Tag Series, where surf clubs from Medewi, Legian, Seminyak and Lembongan will compete for the 2 top spots. The final of the Oakley Indonesia Surf Tag Series will be held during Oakley World Pro Junior in October.
To check out heat draws and scores from today’s action and more, www.isctour.com/events/oakleyprojr11/
The Oakley Pro Junior is sponsored/supported by Oakley, Surfing Magazine, Surfer Magazine, ASP, Surfersvillage.com, SurfTime, Lines, RVM, Baliwaves.com, GUS and San Miguel Light, and sanctioned by the Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championships.