KERAMAS, Bali/Indonesia (Tuesday, 4 October, 2011) - The Oakley World Pro Junior Bali moved to Keramas for day three of competition. Bali’s famous right-hand reef break pumped out 4 – 6 foot (1.5 – 2 meter) sets for the remaining heats of the Men’s Round 1 and the first four heats of the man on man elimination Round 2.
Darmaputra Tonjo (IND) caused the upset of the event thus far, eliminating number two seed Nat Young (USA) in Round 2, sending Young home with a last place finish. Tonjo came bursting out of the gates, netting an 8.00 (out of a possible 10) on his opening ride for a series of super fast snaps and carves. Young was left hunting a 6.67 and caught a wave in the last 5 minutes, but came up short only managing a 6.10.
“As I paddled out I prayed so I could get some good waves,” Tonjo told the translator. “I don’t speak English so when I was in the water I didn’t know who was winning or what was going on. When the heat finished and all the locals were cheering I realised that I won. I’m so happy.”
Keanu Asing (HAW) started the day with style, taking off late and deep, then locked into a solid tube. The crowd roared as he came flying out and the judges awarded him a 9.70 (out of a possible 10).
“I was thinking that it might be just a turn heat because of the onshore winds,” Asing said. “Then this one set came through and I just went for it. I took of kind of late I somehow got some speed and saw the opening and came out. It was a miracle. It was the best barrel I’ve ever gotten in a heat.”
Peterson Crisanto (BRA) excelled in the tricky conditions, taking to the air and being rewarded for his efforts. Crisanto defeated American duo Chase Wilson (USA) and Jake Halstead (USA) and will now advance directly into Round 3.
“That heat was hard because of the changing tide,” Crisanto said. “I’m going to keep going for the airs because that’s what helped me in that heat. It’s a huge advantage to win that heat and skip Round 2, I’m stoked.”
Evan Thompson (USA) the Floridian took down Ian Gouveia (BRA) and Kan Watanabe (JPN) in Heat 12. Thompson surfed a smart heat, sitting in the perfect position while his competitors paddled each other too deep.
“The conditions aren’t great, but this would be the best day ever at my house,” Thompson said. “The wind is on it so it’s bumpy a tricky, but there’s plenty of size and a lot of waves coming through. I’m so stoked to be here.”
Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) took down fellow South African Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) and Japanese surfer Arashi Kato in their Round 1 clash. Lightfoot is no stranger to reeling right-handers hailing from Jeffreys Bay, South Africa and put that knowledge to good use at Keramas today.
“Keramas is one of the funnest waves in the world,” Lightfoot said. “There’s a lot of waves, but you just have to pick the right ones. The second ones seemed to be the better because they have cleaner faces. I was lucky to get some good waves at the beginning which gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the heat.”
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OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 9: Keanu Asing (HAW) 15.37, Nat Young (USA) 11.20, Darmaputra Tonjo (IDN) 8.27
Heat 10: Eziekel Lau (HAW) 10.17, Dale Staples (ZAF) 4.37, Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 1.90
Heat 11: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 10.67, Chase Wilson (USA) 8.30, Jake Halstead (USA) 7.04
Heat 12: Evan Thompson (USA) 10.37, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 9.76, Kan Watanabe (JPN) 6.97
Heat 13: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 13.16, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 11.87, Arashi Kato (JPN) 7.70
Heat 14: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.34, Medi Veminardi (REU) 8.84, Kaishu Tanaka (JPN) 6.16
Heat 15: Andrew Doheny (USA) 14.67, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 8.33, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 7.03
Heat 16: Michael February (ZAF) 10.43, Frederico Morais (PRT) 8.16, Keala Naihe (HAW) 10.17
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S ROUND 2 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.33, def. Ida Bagus Putu Simar (IND) 2.40
HEAT 2: Darmaputra Tonjo (IND) 14.30, def. Nat Young (USA) 13.84
HEAT 3: Dale Staples (ZAF) 8.67, def. Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 8.43
HEAT 4: Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 11.90, def. Deivid Silva (BRA) 9.50
UPCOMING OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 5: Marco Fernandez (BRA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 6: Garrett Parkes (AUS) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
HEAT 7: Ian Gouveia (BRA) vs. Gustavo Machado (BRA)
HEAT 8: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) vs. William Aliotti (FRA)
HEAT 9: Medi Veminardi (REU) vs. Slade Prestwich (ZAF)
HEAT 10: Ryan Callinan (AUS) vs. Noa Deane (AUS)
HEAT 11: Frederico Morais vs. Jake Halstead (USA)
HEAT 12: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) vs. Kan Watanabe (JPN)
HEAT 13: Vasco Riberio (PRT) vs. Hiroto Arai (JPN)
HEAT 14: Thomas Woods (AUS) vs. Keala Naihe (HAW)
HEAT 15: Joao Abreu (BRA) vs. Kaishu Tanaka (JPN)
HEAT 16: Chase Wilson (USA) vs. Arashi Kato (JPN)
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Sarah Mason (NZL) vs. Gabriela Leite (BRA)
HEAT 2: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) vs. Leila Hurst (HAW)
HEAT 3: Faye Zoetmulder (ZAF) vs. Nao Omura (JPN)
HEAT 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
HEAT 5: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) vs. Lani Doherty (HAW)
HEAT 6: Joanne Defay (FRA) vs. Maude Le Car (FRA)
HEAT 7: Philippa Anderson (AUS) vs. Quincy Davis (USA)
HEAT 8: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Ren Hashimoto (JPN)