Stop 4: Brazil
Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Qualifier: Brazil
Location: Balneário Camboriú – mobile to Brava Beach, Brazil
Holding Period: May 19-24, 2009
Junior’s Rating: ABRASP (Brazilian Champion) / ASP South America
Prize Purse: R$40,000 – (US $22,000)
Field of Competition: TBD
2004 – Adriano de Sauza (BRA)
2005 – Hizunome Bettero (BRA)
2006 – Jadson André (BRA)
2007 – Pablo Paulino (BRA)
2008 – Thiago Camarao (BRA)
2009 – Alejo Muniz (BRA)
While during the winter months Balneário Camboriú might seem like a relaxed city nestled on the south coast of Brazil, don’t be fooled. Once the high-rise hotels and plush resorts fill up during the summer months, the city’s population swells from about 95,000 to over 700,000 beach-going tourists and vacationers. The beach consists mostly of sandy beach breaks, dishing out both lefts and rights for a fun, crowd-dodging time.
Balneário Camboriú enjoys a little southeast, east, or northeast…basically whatever it can get. Throw some west or easterly winds on top of that and the package is complete.
No matter where you are, Brazil’s junior talent pool is heavy and hungry. Jadson Andre has already made the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge cut via the Australasian qualifier, ensuring a greater presence from the Brazilan’s for 2009. Keep an eye out for Brazil’s top groms… Thiago Camarao, Peterson Crisanto, Miguel Pupo, and Franklin Serpa, they’ll be gunning for that ticket to Bali.
Jack Freestone and Ezekiel Lau's journey though the toughest competition in junior surfing
Jack Freestone wins the Oakley World Pro Junior and reclaims the ASP World Junior Title
Joins current ASP WCT No.1 Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Pablo Paulino (BRA) in an elite club of three surfers to have claimed multiple men's ASP World Junior Titles.