QUARTERFINALISTS DECIDED AT THE OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN BALI
KERAMAS, Bali/Indonesia – The 2012 Oakley World Pro Junior Championship was treated to another stellar day of competitive surfing at Keramas. Competitors reveled in the 3-to-4 foot right-handers running down the reef at the world famous reef break. From a field of 48 surfers, just eight remain in contention for the 2012 Men’s ASP World Junior Championship Title.
Jack Freestone (AUS) scored the Oakley World Pro Junior Championship’s first perfect 10-point-score for a monster full-rotation ally-oop aerial. “I already had a couple of good scores and thought it was time to do a big air,” Freestone said of his heat strategy. “I stood up, saw the section and the rotation felt good then I landed. It felt really good.
Freestone had a couple of shaky heats earlier in the event, but was back to his devastating best today. He posted multiple scores in the excellent range to finish with a two-wave heat total of 18.17 (out of a possible 20) and secure his spot in the Quarterfinals.
Ezekiel Lau (HAW) posted yet another impressive heat win in Round 4 scoring a two-wave total of 17.27 over Carlos Munoz’s (CRI) 15.76. It was by no means an easy heat for Lau. Munoz fought him wave for wave, with both surfers throwing down massive maneuvers, but in the end the Hawaiian came out on top to end the Coasta Rican’s championship title campaign.
“It’s great to win that heat,” Lau said. “But you can’t think about it too much because you’ve got another one coming up. Also when the conditions are this good you can’t get over excited either.”
Andrew Doheny (USA) was another of the day’s top performers, eliminating Hawaiian powerhouse Keanu Asing (HAW) 15.57 to 13.10 in their Round 4 bout. “That heat was gnarly,” Doheny said. “I know that Keanu [Asing] is good with heat tactics so my plan was to get the first good wave of the heat and it must have worked.”
Doheny’s classic California style impressed the judges and earned him a spot into the Men’s Quarterfinals where he’ll face Cooper Chapman (AUS) in what will inevitably be a hard fought battle for a Semifinal berth. “I came second here last year and I want to do as good, if not better, because this is my last year in the Juniors,” concluded Doheny.
Cooper Chapman (AUS) came flying out of the gates and laid down some of the day’s most impressive turns to score a 14.93 two-wave total, which would prove to be just enough to punch his ticket into the Quarterfinals over Caue Wood’s (BRA) 14.33.
“I kept falling on the end sections,” Chapman said after his heat. “It’s good to know I can still get a good score without completing the wave. This is my first year at the ASP World Junior Championships so it feels great to make it into the Quarterfinals.”
Connor Coffin (USA) advanced to the Quarterfinals against the odds after scoring an interference in the first minute of the heat. Coffin paddled for a wave when Kalani David (HAW) had the inside position. When David stood up, Coffin pulled back, but it was too late and he collapsed a section of the wave ahead.
“I didn’t think [Kalani David] was going to make it onto the wave, but as soon as I saw that he did I pulled back. It must have been too late though because I got the interference. I just thought, ‘oh well at least I get to surf Keramas for another 29 minutes with no one out,’ but then I found a couple of waves and still made it through the heat.”
His interference penalty was the loss of half of his second scoring ride. The contest savvy Coffin was however able to keep his cool and draw on experience to come back and score a 12.17 two-wave heat total which would prove to be enough to knock the high flying Kalani David (HAW) out of the competition.
Frederico Morais (PRT) won the closest heat of the day, eliminating Brazilian Italo Ferreira (BRA) by a mere 0.50 points. Morais will now face Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) in Quarterfinal 4 when competition resumes.
“I feel like Keramas really suits my surfing,” Morais said. “That heat was close, but I’m in the Quarterfinals now and I’m feeling confident. I’m looking forward to the surfing my Quarterfinal, hopefully we have some more great waves.”
Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) from Morocco defeated Australian Thomas Woods (AUS) in the final heat of the day. Boukhiam is the last goofy-footed [right foot forward] surfer left in the event, using his powerful backhand attack to secure a Quarterfinal berth.
“That heat was really hard,” Boukhiam said. “The conditions changed just before I paddled out. I’ve been training hard, I had a really European season and I’m just trying to keep the same mind-set at this event.”
Contest directors have called a lay day for tomorrow. A call will be made Monday morning, Oct. 15, at 6:00 AM for a possible 6:30 AM WITA start to the Men’s Quarterfinals.
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S QUARTERFINAL:
QF 1: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) Wade Carmichael (AUS)
QF 2: Cooper Chapman (AUS) Andrew Doheny (USA)
QF 3: Jack Freestone (AUS) Connor Coffin (USA)
QF 4: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEN’S ROUND 4 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 17.27 def. Carlos Munoz (CRI) 15.76
HEAT 2: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 12.50 def. Evan Thompson (USA) 6.50
HEAT 3: Cooper Chapman (AUS) 14.93 def. Caue Wood (BRA) 14.33
HEAT 4: Andrew Doheny (USA) 15.57 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 13.10
HEAT 5: Jack Freestone (AUS) 18.17 def. Arashi Kato (JPN) 10.33
HEAT 6: Connor Coffin (USA) 12.17 def. Kalani David (HAW) 8.86
HEAT 7: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.00 vs. Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.50
HEAT 8: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 13.63 vs. Thomas Woods (AUS) 12.40