The Quiksilver Pro Junior Miyazaki Hyuga Cup came to a stirring conclusion on Sunday, September 2, 2012 in Japan. It was one of several competitions that took place. The other competitions were the Roxy Girls' Challenge Miyazaki Hyuga Cup and the Quiksilver King of the Groms. The waves were in the two foot range and the surfers made the most of them. Here's a quick look at some of the results:
Men's Junior Quarterfinals Results
The top surf heat score of the quarterfinals was earned by surfer Takumi Nakamura (JPN) during his Heat 1 matchup against Hiroto Arai (JPN). Hiroto Arai opened up the surf heat with a 6.75 point ride. Given his performance in Round 32, I had expected him to do better than that. Takumi Nakamura answered back by delivering a 7.25 point ride and a 7.65 point ride. He won the heat with 14.90 points.
The 2nd best surf heat score of the quarterfinals was produced by surfer Arashi Kato (JPN) during his Heat 4 matchup against Hiroto Ohhara (JPN). Hiroto Ohhara opened up the heat by firing off a sweet 6 point ride. Arashi Kato responded by delivering a 7.25 point ride. It was the best one of the surf heat. He went on to win the heat with 11.25 points.
Men's Junior Semifinals Results
The best surf heat score of the semifinals was captured by surfer Arashi Kato (JPN) during his Heat 2 matchup against Kaishu Tanaka (JPN). The heat started out slow with each surfer posting low scores. Then, with less than 10 minutes remaining in the surf heat, the action finally intensified. Kaishu Tanaka struck first by delivering a 6 point ride. Arashi Kato responded by delivering a 6.40 point ride and a 5.75 point ride. He ultimately won the heat with 12.15 points.
Men's Junior Final Results
The final heat was a matchup between surfers Takumi Nakamura (JPN) and Arashi Kato (JPN). Arashi Kato opened up the heat by posting a series of low scoring rides. Takumi Nakamura, on the other hand, opened up his account by posting a 6.75 point ride. He went on to back it up with a 5.20 point ride. Takumi Nakamura won the heat with 11.95 points.
He also won the Quiksilver King of the Groms' Cadet U-16 Division on Sunday after delivering a trio of amazing air reverses. If you ask me, he was on fire throughout both events. Takumi Nakamura won the cadet's final with 18.50 points.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She also has a history of interviewing pro surfers.
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