EPIC CONDITIONS RING IN FIRST DAY OF OPJ BRAZIL

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Etapa Itajai, SC; Brazil – Wednesday, 20 May 2009- The first day of the Oakley Pro Junior Brazil went-off like a dream with epic waves, big scores and a touch of history created at Itajai today.

As the fourth stop on the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge, the Oakley Pro Junior Brazil today saw the hottest, young surfing commodities on the South American continent going toe-to-toe in excellent conditions.

Greeted with a marked increase in swell overnight, the perfectly formed left-hand beach-break presented long, rippable walls and bankable sections, Miguel Pupo shone brightest racking up a combined heat total of 14.16 (out of a possible 20).

Miguel Pupo was on fire at the OPJ Brazil. Effortless in his approach, Pupo progressed through to the third round.

Miguel Pupo was on fire at the OPJ Brazil. Effortless in his approach, Pupo progressed through to the third round.

Claiming the events highest wave score to date, with a near perfect 8.80 (out of a possible 10), Pupo was happy to get his campaign underway with a win.

“I really wanted to start this event strong,” Pupo admitted.

“I finished third here last year, so I want to go one better and make it back to Bali.”

Qualifying through to the Global Challenge final in Keramas last year, via the French round, Pupo knows it’s going to be tough to return to Indonesia in October.

“The standard of surfing is so hard in Brazil right now,” Pupo admitted.

“Each year there are younger and stronger kids coming through, hopefully I can take it out this year.”

Today also marked a special day for surfing in Brazil.

With sounding of the opening hooter, this morning’s first heat announced the first professional surfing event to be held at Itajai – one of Brazil’s most famed, yet protected waves.

Lapping up the occasion was aerial wonder kid Jadson Andre who amassed a combined heat total of 15.17 (out of a possible 20).

Highlighted by his customary air-show, Andre showed no of a niggling back injury – progressing through to round three in style.

With the chance to become ABRASP (Brazilian Champion) / ASP South America and a total prize purse of R$40,000 (US $22,000) at stake, as well as qualification into the Oakley Global Pro Junior Challenge in Bali, the top seeds took full advantage, heralding their intentions early.

Marco Fernandez, Emerson Silva, Franklin Serpa and Gabriel Medina were also in great form, all racking up excellent scores with their own individual brand of progressive surfing.

With the first round completed today, alongside the first six heats of the second round, The Oakley Pro Junior Brazil continues tomorrow with another excellent day of competition expected.

For more information regarding the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge be sure to log onto www.oakleyprojunior.com

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