International surf fans have a handful of events to look forward to in October 2012. One of them is the Oakley World Pro Junior Championship. It is slated to take place in Indonesia early in the month. Here are a few more details:
Surf Championship Basics
The Oakley World Pro Junior Championship is scheduled to take place Saturday, October 6, 2012 through Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Bali. During the illustrious event, some of the world's best junior surfers will be competing for World Championship Titles, cash and bragging rights. Seven regions are expected to be represented during the surfing competition. Among them are North America, Europe, South America, Japan and Africa.
About the Surfers
The contest's organizers have already released the names of the surfers anticipated to participate in the event. One of them is Evan Thompson. Thompson hails from Jacksonville, Florida. He has also been making quite a name for himself lately. He put on an excellent display of skill at the ASP Fins Pro Junior in September 2012 and is expected to go far in Bali. As such, I definitely plan on watching his surf heats. Other talented Americans to keep an eye on during the event include Conner Coffin, Kanoa Igarashi, Luke Davis, Andrew Doheny and Evan Geiselman.
Of course they are not the only gifted surfers expected to compete in Bali. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), fresh from her win at the SATA Airlines Azores Pro, is anticipated to surf in the competition as well. Given her recent performance, I am looking forward to watching her surf again. Additional phenomenal females expected to compete in the event include Nao Omura (JPN), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Juliana Meneghel (BRA), Frankie Harrer (USA) and Cannelle Bulard (REU).
About the Venue
Depending on the conditions, the surf heats are slated to take place at either Keramas or Canggu. Keramas is known to deliver rippable right-handers and deep, drenching tube rides. Canggu, on the other hand, is known to deliver luscious left-handers and beautiful barrels. Either option sounds promising to me. If the current surf forecast holds steady, it looks like the competitors may also be blessed with waves in the four to five foot range.
Where to Watch
Surf fans unable to visit Bali in person will be able to watch the Oakley World Pro Junior Championship on the event's website. I know that I plan on parking myself in front of my computer screen to watch the surf drama unfold. I also suspect that other surf fans will join me.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys watching water sports with her family. She also has a history of interviewing pro surfers.
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