NORO AND KATO TAKE WIN AT OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR JAPAN IN PUMPING SURF
Clear skies and a building swell were on hand for the final day of the Oakley Pro Junior Japan event held at Thurigasaki Beach today where Arashi Kato and Reika Noro took wins in the men’s and women’s divisions respectively. After an action-packed day yesterday that saw the field of competition narrowed, when the opening heat horn blew, the remaining competitors took to the lineup with a fury. In the men’s final, Arashi Kato, Kaito Ohashi, Takumi Nakamura, and Takumi Yasui battled it out for the prestigious title of OPJ Japan winner. Although each of the men’s finalists would put on a solid showing, in the end, Arashi Kato’s seamless surfing proved to be too much and the light-footed surfer would take the win. “Thank you everybody. The wave size jumped up and the positioning became difficult,” said Kato following his win. “I was lucky to get the first good wave and relax. I just did by best to get my second-scoring wave. Once again thank you all.”
On the women’s side, Reika Noro continued to cement her reputation as one of Japan’s most promising female surfers with her win today. Powerful beyond her slight frame, expect big things from this young goofy-footer. With their performances today, both Kato and Noro have gained valuable points in qualifying for the crown jewel of the Oakley Pro Junior series, the World Junior Championships held in Bali in October. For photos and video of the Oakley Pro Junior Japan, pleasego to OakleyProJunior.com. For all media inquiries regarding the Oakley ProJunior Japan, please email the ASP Japan Branch firstname.lastname@example.org.