ONLY U.S. QUALIFIER FOR OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR GLOBAL CHALLENGE COMES TO TRESTLES APRIL 28 TO MAY 2
Oakley Awards Miguel Pupo and Conner Coffin Wildcards to Oakley Global Challenge in North America
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., April 15, 2009 – The Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge hits North America April 28 to May 2, 2009 in conjunction with the 6.0 Lowers Pro, WQS 6-Star PRIME, at Lower Trestles, San Clemente, Calif. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 Pro Junior event will have a $10,000 prize purse and serve as the only U.S. qualifier for the final event of the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge, which will culminate in Bali, Indonesia, Oct. 7-17, 2009.
The Oakley Pro Junior also offers competitors important points toward the ASP ratings, which determine who will receive entry into the ASP World Junior Championships. New for 2009, ASP North America and ASP Hawaii have combined regional ratings for the Pro Junior division. This merger suggests intensified competition in the Junior series as the North America and Hawaii Juniors will be contending with each other for coveted spots into each event.
This year’s seed list for the 2009 Oakley Pro Junior at Trestles includes top Juni
ors Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA), Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA) and Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA), who finished first, second and third respectively on the 2008 ASP North America ratings. 2008 ASP World Junior Champion Kai Barger (HAW) and Kiron Jabour (HAW), who finished second on the 2008 ASP Hawaii Junior ratings are the top two Hawaiian seeds. Other standouts include: Dillon Perillo (Malibu, CA), Brent Reilly (Carlsbad, CA), Cody Thompson (Jacksonville Beach, FL), Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), Tyler Newton (HAW), Keanu Asing (HAW), Billy Kemper (HAW) and Jadson Andrew (BRA).
Oakley has also awarded wildcards to Miguel Pupo (BRA), who won the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge qualifier in Lacanau, France in 2008, into the Round of 32, and 14-year-old super grom Connor Coffin (Santa Barbara, CA) into the Round of 48.
Past champions of the Oakley Pro Junior at Trestles include Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in 2008, Brent Dorrington (AUS) in 2007 and Eric Geiselman (USA) in 2006.
2008 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Champion, Dusty Payne (HAW), earned his qualification into the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge after a solid third-place finish in the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge qualifier at Trestles last year. The Championship secured him a $20,000 paycheck, the biggest payout of any Pro Junior event to date.
As the North American qualifier for the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge, Trestles is stop number two out of six. The series kicked off in February at North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia where Owen Wright (AUS) and Jadson Andre (BRA) finished in first and second respectively to qualify. Concurrently with Trestles, stop three will hit Port Alfred, South Africa, May 1-3. The series will also make stops in Brazil, Japan and France offering a total cumulative prize purse of $165,000 with $75,000 for the final event including an impressive $20,000 for first-place.
The top two finishers at each of the six qualifying events automatically earn a spot into the final event for a total of 12 qualifiers. Six additional juniors, one who will be determined during a local trial event in Bali, will then be issued wildcards to round out a field of 18 competitors and ensure the talent at the final event is representative of the best Juniors from around the globe.
The Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge is a unique specialty series launched by Oakley in 2008 to give young surfers the opportunity to compete at some of the best surfing locales around the world. After a hugely successful inaugural year, the series has stirred up substantial buzz, and qualifying for the premier event has become a goal for many of the world’s top Juniors.
The complete schedule is as follows: