TRIALS COMPLETE, FIELD CONFIRMED FOR OPJ BRAZIL

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Etapa Itajai, SC; Brazil – Tuesday, 19 May 2009- The Oakley Pro Junior Brazil is locked, loaded and ready for lift-off as the hottest surfing talent in South America secured their places in the main round today.

The fourth stop on the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge, today’s action saw trialists from South and Central America battling it out for a place in the prestigious event.

And if today is anything to go by, the Oakley Pro Junior Brazil will be of the highest order, as scores soared and competitors flared at Etapa Itajai.

Led by the performances of Marco Fernandez, Yan Guimaraes and Jesse Mendes, the action was electric as 32 places were awarded.

Marco Fernandez had the left hand beach-break of Itajai wired today, dominating his early morning heat with style and qualifying for the Oakley Pro Junior Brazil.

Marco Fernandez had the left hand beach-break of Itajai wired today, dominating his early morning heat with style and qualifying for the Oakley Pro Junior Brazil.

Taking apart the picturesque left hand beach-break, Fernandez was in rare form, making it known to all that he means business this week at Etapa Itajai.

Joining Fernandez in the main draw will be Thiago Guimaraes who also revelled in the one-metre conditions alongside Gustavo Sanches, Gabriel Medina, Krystian Kymerson and Yuri Goncalves, who all impressed the judges and crowd at every opportunity.

The reward for today’s excellent performances – facing the likes of Thiago Camarao, Peterson Crisanto, Miguel Pupo, Franklin Serpa and Jadson Andre in the main event.

“I’m so excited about this week,” Andre said with anticipation.

“It’s good to relax today, but this week is going to be a tough event.”

With the chance ABRASP (Brazilian Champion) / ASP South America and a total prize purse of R$40,000 – (US $22,000), there is plenty at stake, something which Andre is looking forward to.

“I had never competed in a Pro-Junior event until this year in Australia, so I’m stoked to be surfing this event in my home country with best friends,” he added.

Andre, who recently turned 19, has been on a tear in 2009 finishing second at ASP Billabong World Junior, second at Oakley Australasian qualifier at North Stradbroke and a run of excellent results on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS).

“I have been stoked with how I have performed so far this year,” he admitted humbly.

“I’ve already qualified for the Global Challenge in Bali, but I still want to win this event.”

The Oakley Pro Junior Brazil begins tomorrow with five exciting days of competition set to come.

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

About the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge

After one of the most successful pro junior surf series in recent years, the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge is back for its second consecutive year.

Once again, in an effort to assemble the world’s most talented young surfers in one place, for one full-on, no-holds-barred contest, this October the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge will arrive on the wave-rich shores of Bali.

To qualify, the Global Challenge series travels across the globe to some of the world’s most renowned surf venues including North Stradbroke Island-Australia, Port Alfred-South Africa, Hossegor-France, Lowers Trestles-North America, and a whole host of other top surf venues from Japan to Brazil.

The Oakley Pro Junior Global championships will take place over a 10-day waiting period in October with four days of actual competition. Last year saw incredible conditions, lending a hand to some of the best junior surfing the world has seen to date.

A truly unique competition series.

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