Saturday 6 October 2012 – The 2012 Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali got off to a flying start at Echo Beach, Canggu earlier today with the world’s best 20-and-under surfers keen to stamp their authority on this event that will crown the 2012 ASP World Junior Champions.
South Africa’s Michael February caused the upset of the opening day when he defeated the event’s top seed Keanu Asing (HAW) and local trials runner-up Nyoman Satria (IND) by posting one of the day’s highest heat totals.
“That was the first surf I’ve had out here at Canggu this year,” February said. “I got a couple of good ones so I’m really happy. This place is well known for its air sections and the wind was good too.”
The lanky 19-year-old from Kommetjie produced an outstanding performance in the tricky one to 1.5 metre waves, taking the lead after just four minutes and building his heat total throughout the 25 minute encounter. When the siren sounded to end proceedings February had 16.67 points, the third highest heat total of the day, with Asing needing a perfect 10 point ride to take the lead and Satria needing a combination of two rides.
“I saw that I was up against Keanu (Asing) and I was kind of nervous, but all of the heats are hard in this competition,” February commented. “That win gives me a lot of confidence going into the next round.”
The heat victory sees ‘M Feb’ advance directly to Round 3 while those finishing second and third will have to contest sudden death man-on-man Round 2 clashes where the winner advances and the loser is eliminated from the event.
The rest of the South African contingent did not fare as well with Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga), Slade Prestwich (Scottburgh), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Davey Brand (Kommetjie) all relegated to Round 2 match-ups.
Brazilian Peterson Crisanto(BRA) put on a dominating performance in his opening heat, reading the waves perfectly and using his aerial attack to score a near perfect two wave heat-total of 19.00 (out of a possible 20).
Vicente Romero (ESP), Brazilian born but Spanish raised, scored a near perfect 9.93 (out of a possible 10) for a beautifully surfed wave with powerful carves and a massive aerial. Romero defeated defending ASP World Junior Champion Caio Ibelli (BRA) with a total of 17.03 points.
The girl’s event is likely to get underway in Bali tomorrow morning. South Africa is represented by Bianca Buitendag (George), who is the top seed for this event and recently qualified for the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour by finishing No. 2 on the ASP Star rankings, and Sarah Baum (Durban), who ended the year ranked No. 17 out of 165.
A call on who will be competing tomorrow will be made at 7am (1am SA Time).
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OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.44, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 13.17, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.83
HEAT 2: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 15.67, Soli Bailey (AUS) 10.77, Jocelyn Poulou (PYF) 7.94
HEAT 3: Vicente Romero (ESP) 17.03, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.23, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 11.67
HEAT 4: Luke Davis (USA) 13.16, Evan Thompson (USA) 11.26, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 8.17
HEAT 5: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 13.10, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 9.60, Luan Carvalho (BRA) 8.57
HEAT 6: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.70, Arashi Kato (JPN) 14.50, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.54
HEAT 7: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 19.00, Andrew Doheny (USA) 13.00, Geovane Ferreira (BRA) 10.50
HEAT 8: Michael February (ZAF) 16.67, Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.84, Nyoman Satria (IND) 7.06
HEAT 9: Koa Smith (HAW) 16.60, Jack Freestone (AUS) 14.63, Gazali Hamzah (IND) 10.57
HEAT 10: Matt Banting (AUS) 15.00, Jack Robinson (AUS) 9.43, Makai McNamara (HAW) 9.14
HEAT 11: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 15.50, Hairil Anwar (IND) 13.20, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 10.50
HEAT 12: Conner Coffin (USA) 14.50, Deivid Silva (BRA) 12.50, Taylor Clark (USA) 10.33
HEAT 13: Thomas Woods (AUS) 14.17, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 11.84, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 8.87
HEAT 14: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 16.40, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 14.07, Reo Kanao (JPN) 7.74
HEAT 15: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 14.43, Caue Wood (BRA) 11.34, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 10.63
HEAT 16: Frederico Morais (PRT) 11.97, Davey Brand (ZAF) 11.17, Kalani David (HAW) 9.17
UPCOMING OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Nyoman Satria (IND)
HEAT 2: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Gazali Hamzah (IND)
HEAT 3: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS)
HEAT 4: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) vs. Geovane Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 5: Makai McNamara (HAW) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 6: Andrew Doheny (USA) vs. Luan Carvalho (BRA)
HEAT 7: Arashi Kato (JPN) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
HEAT 8: Kaito Ohashi (JPN) vs. Slade Prestwich (ZAF)
HEAT 9: Evan Thompson (USA) vs. Jocelyn Poulou (PYF)
HEAT 10: Soli Bailey (AUS) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
HEAT 11: Hairil Anwar (IND) vs. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF)
HEAT 12: Taylor Clark (USA) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
HEAT 13: Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) vs. Hiroto Arai (JPN)
HEAT 14: Cooper Chapman (AUS) vs. Reo Kanao (JPN)
HEAT 15: Caue Wood (BRA) vs. Takumi Nakamura (JPN)
HEAT 16: Kalani David (HAW) vs. Davey Brand (ZAF)
UPCOMING OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Joanne Defay (FRA), Leila Hurst (HAW), Mahina Maeda (HAW)
HEAT 2: Sarah Baum (ZAF), Canelle Bulard (REU), Rosanny Alvarez (VEN)
HEAT 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Frankie Harrer (USA), Minato Takahashi (JPN)
HEAT 4: Philippa Anderson (AUS), Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS), Juliana Meneghel (BRA)
HEAT 5: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Nao Omura (JPN), Brianna Cope (HAW)
HEAT 6: Alessa Quizon (HAW), Maud Le Car (FRA), Quincy Davis(USA)
Pictured: Mikey February (Kommetjie) floats over the whitewater on his way to victory in his opening heat in the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships in Bali
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