Upsets For The Oakley World Juniors Bali
By Will H-Smith/ASP | 11 October 2012
Jack Robinson (AUS), the 14-year-old wildcard caused the upset of the event eliminating the reigning ASP World Junior Champion Caio Ibelli (BRA). Robinson used superior wave selection to put himself on the best waves of the heat, and threaded the tubed skillfully to advance to Round 3 with a new title – ‘the giant killer’.
“There wasn’t a lot of waves,” Robinson said. “If he caught the waves I did he would have gotten big scores too. I surf waves like this at home in WA all the time, so barrel riding is one of my strengths. I’m pretty happy, it feels good to win that one.”
Keanu Asing (HAW), the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships number 1 seed survived a scare in the first heat of the morning. Conditions turned tricky as soon as the siren sounded and at one point it looked like the local Indonesian wildcard would cause an upset, but Asing went to work and posted a couple of scores to progress to Round 3.
“There were no waves in that heat,” Asing said. “It would have been nice if we could have shared a bunch of barrels, but a win is a win. In the freesurf this morning I was getting wave-after-wave and it was so much fun. That’s just how it goes sometimes. I’m stoked be in Round 3. Last year at this event I got some of the best waves I’ve ever had in competition, so I hope I score like that in the next round.”
Andrew Doheny (USA), last year’s Oakley World Pro Junior runner-up bounced back from his Round 1 loss to post an impressive Round 2 win. Doheny was one of the day’s top performers because of his unique ability to unleash a combination of moves on one wave.
“The level of surfing at this event is so high!” Doheny said. “I get nervous because everyone is so good. I was off my game in the first round, so it feels good to come back and have a good heat. I’m loving being in Bali, there’s a lot of good rights and the people, food and everything are great.”
Wade Carmichael (AUS) put his powerhouse surfing on display in Round 2 today, eliminating fellow Australian Soli Bailey (AUS). Carmichael was the standout surfer in an exciting day of surfing, using explosive turns to book a ticket into Round 3 where he’ll face Peterson Crisanto (BRA) when competition resumes.
“I’m frothing,” Carmichael said. “That was fun. I stayed here at Komune a week before the event and it was great to get lots of practise sessions. I’m feeling good. I feel like this wave suits my surfing so I just want to get one a roll.”
Hairil Anwar (IND), the local wildcard from Lakey Peak, Sumbawa has spent the last few years working on his competitive surfing prowess on the Gold Coast, Australia. He put that knowledge to good use today defeating Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) and keeping his ASP World Junior Title campaign alive.
“It’s good to win for my family and friends who have come to visit and for my country.” Anwar said. “When I’m in Australia I miss my home, but it’s great to surf Snapper with guys like Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson. It’s done so much for my surfing. If my friends want to make it in surfing they will probably have to do the same.”
Kaito Ohashi (JPN) defeated South African surfer Slade Prestwich (ZAF) in a tight heat today. Ohashi finished the heat with a series of backhand snaps that catapulted him into the lead and onto the next Round.
“I love Keramas,” Ohashi said. “I fell on some good waves, so I am happy to win the heat and make Round 3.”
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