The Oakley World Pro Junior Championship got underway on Saturday, October 6, 2012 in Bali, Indonesia. The junior surfers were greeted with clear skies, wind and waves in the three to four foot range. Here's a quick rundown on some of the early results:
Men's Round 1 Results
Round 1 of the men's surf heats began with a matchup between Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Ryan Callinan (AUS) and Wade Carmichael (AUS). Ryan Callinan won the surf heat with 13.44 points. His best wave was a 7.27 point ride. It featured multiple power turns and some tail drift action.
The highest surf heat score of the day was earned by surfer Peterson Crisanto (BRA) during his Heat 7 matchup against Andrew Doheny (USA) and Geovane Ferreira (BRA). Peterson Crisanto won the surf heat with 19 points. His best waves were a 9.67 point ride and a 9.33 point ride. His 9.33 point ride included a beautiful straight reverse and an air reverse.
The 2nd highest surf heat score of the day was produced by surfer Vicente Romero (ESP) during his Heat 3 matchup against Caio Ibelli (BRA) and Slade Prestwich (ZAF). Romero won the surf heat with 17.03 points. His best wave was a gorgeous 9.93 point ride. It also turned out to be the highest scoring wave of the day. It included a big turn and a giant aerial maneuver. In the same heat, Caio Ibelli also managed to fire off a huge Superman that earned him 8 points. If you ask me, it was one of the most exciting surf heats of the round.
The 3rd highest surf heat score of the round was captured by surfer Michael February (ZAF) during his Heat 8 matchup against Keanu Asing (HAW) and Nyoman Satria (IDN). He won the surf heat with 16.67 points. February's best waves were an 8.17 point ride and an 8.50 point ride. His rides featured solid turns, great timing and an aerial rotation.
Other memorial moments during Round 1 were Carlos Munoz's (CRI) 8.57 point ride in Heat 14 and Koa Smith's (HAW) blistering display of skill in Heat 9. Surfers Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) and Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) also managed to fire off high scoring rides as well.
The Oakley World Pro Junior Championship is slated to resume on Sunday, October 7, 2012 and continue through Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Given today's incredible display of surfing, I definitely plan on tuning in to the live broadcast of the heats. Fans that are unable to watch the live action may want to catch the replays via the website's heats on demand feature.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys watching water sports with her family. She also has a history of interviewing pro surfers.
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