Keanu Asing Birthday: May 30, 1993 Hometown: Ewa Beach, Hawaii
As focused and serious as any surfer on this list, Ewa Beach’s Keanu Asing is hell bent on building a successful future in professional surfing. Extremely accomplished competitively—in the short course of his budding career, he’s garnered just about every Junior win imaginable in Hawaii—Keanu has built himself a structured lifestyle with the eventual goal of gaining a spot on the World Tour. Over the course of the past few years, Keanu has acted as a protégé to Jordy Smith where he’s learned the ins and outs of what it takes to compete at the elite level. Well-spoken, earnest, and talented, it’s going to take a lot to derail him.
Andrew Doheny Birthday: October 20, 1992 Hometown: Newport Beach, California
As the reigning event champion, Andrew Doheny has garnered himself a reputation as an amazingly fluid freesurfer, competitor, and the man to beat going into this year’s contest. As evidenced by his strong media presence—he had a solid segment in last year’s High Five and has built a strong showing online via his blog at 3slobs.com—Doheny’s stock has reached stratospheric proportions over the past year. Don’t expect Doheny to relinquish his title without at fight.
Jack Freestone Birthday: April 7, 1992 Hometown: Coolangatta, Australia
In the last two years, Jack Freestone has gone from a blip on the grom comp radar to both a freesurf and competitive juggernaut. Filling out quickly, he has the size and power to balance out the above-the-lip aspects of his surfing. And in a jersey, his results speak for themselves. The highlight in 2010: a world championship on the ASP World Junior Tour. Signed to a newly inked deal with Billabong in January, and with two more years among the pro junior ranks, expect to see more good things from this regular foot from Coolangatta.
Birthday: October 11, 1993 Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Caio Ibelli grew up on a small island off of the south shore of Sao Paulo called Gauruja, which is known for the same super-consistent beachbreaks that produced Adriano De Souza. In contests, Ibelli can ride through heats on the merits of his progressive airs, whips, and fin-ditches. His event-resume over the past 12 months included a Brazilian Junior Championship, the semis at the Billabong World Juniors, and a fourth-place finish on the ASP World Junior Rankings. He also spent some time in front of the cameras, landing a Surfing Magazine cover at heaving Bankvaults. While some pundits say his style still needs smoothing out, it hasn’t seemed to hurt him with the judges, or the photogs, so far.
Shaun Joubert Birthday: May 2, 1991 Hometown: Mossel Bay, South Africa
Shaun Joubert came out the gates firing in 2011 when he finished fifth in the Hang Loose Pro Prime event in Brazil. The result came at the right time for Joubert who had—by his standards—a mediocre run in 2010. Competition aside, Shaun brings all the best elements of South African surfing to the table with a smooth style and a vicious frontside attack honed on the many right-hand pointbreaks he grew up surfing. Apart from his athletic ability, Joubert has an artistic streak that is evident in both surfing as well as his personal blog and photography.
Nat Young Birthday: June 17, 1991 Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
2010 proved to be yet another stellar year for the Santa Cruz competitive machine. After a blistering run on the junior circuit, Nat’s runner-up finish at the World Juniors almost seemed unjust for a surfer who has been such a dominant force throughout the year. Nat’s work ethic sets him apart from his peer group, but it was his part in Taylor Steele’s Innersction project that quelled any concerns about his freesurfing ability and elevated him into the realm of legitimate surf star. Although he’s downright vicious on his forehand, if the rights dominate the lineup at Lowers, expect Nat’s lightning-fast backhand to be the downfall of many of his counterparts.
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.