Despite less than ideal conditions, the Oakley World Pro Junior Championship came to a stylish end on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 in Bali, Indonesia. The surfers were faced with strong winds and waves in the two to three foot range. Here's a quick peek at some of the final results:
The Oakley World Pro Junior Championship's quarterfinals kicked off with a heat between Wade Carmichael (AUS) and Ezekiel Lau (HAW). Both men started out strong by posting solid scores. Ezekiel Lau's best ride garnered him 9.20 points. It featured a huge, no hands aerial and authoritative turns. Wade Carmichael's best ride featured a big jam into the pocket and a rough landing. It earned him 6.33 points. In the end, Ezekiel Lau won the heat and went on to surf against Andrew Doheny (USA) in the semifinals.
Other stand out moments of the quarterfinals were Andrew Doheny's (USA) 8.27 point ride in Heat 2, Jack Freestone's (AUS) 8.57 point ride in Heat 3 and Ramzi Boukhiam's (MAR) 8.50 point ride in Heat 4. Out of the three, my favorite was Jack Freestone's 8.57 point ride. It featured a large aerial and a solid tail blow.
In my opinion, Heat 2 of the semifinals rocked. During the heat, Jack Freestone (AUS) managed to deliver a 9.53 point ride and a 10 point ride that left me awe-struck. The 9.53 point ride featured a speed floater and an awesome aerial. As incredible as it was, I thought that his 10 point ride was the better of the two. It featured a massive, double-grab, full-rotation aerial. He won the surf heat with 19.53 points.
Even though Heat 1 was not as exciting as Heat 2, it did have its moments. During the matchup, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) managed to fire off a 7.87 point ride and a 7.33 point ride. Collectively, they featured powerful turns, lots of spray and an aerial. He won the surf heat with 15.20 points.
The final matchup was between surfers Ezekiel Lau (HAW) and Jack Freestone (AUS). Ezekiel Lau took the lead early in the surf heat but eventually lost it to Freestone. Lau's best maneuvers resulted in a 7 point ride and a 6.77 point ride. His 7 point ride featured two speed floaters and a fins throw reverse. Jack Freestone's best wave was an 8 point ride. It featured a lot of speed and great turns. Jack Freestone ultimately won the surf heat with 13.83 points. Ezekiel Lau finished the heat with 13.77 points.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys watching water sports with her family. She also has a history of interviewing pro surfers.
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