STRONG INTERNATIONAL FIELD EMBARKS ON FINAL OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR GLOBAL CHALLENGE QUALIFIER IN FRANCE AUGUST 13-17
(San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Aug. 11, 2009) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior gets underway in Grand Plage, Lacanau, Girond, France, August 13-17. The event, the sixth and final qualifier for the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge, will see the world’s best under-21 surfers vie for a $10,000 prize purse and qualification into the world’s richest Pro Junior, the renowned Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Final in Bali this October.
Last year, Miguel Pupo (BRA) surfing all the way from Round 1, claimed the win with a 17.16 (out of a possible 20) in the Final over Marc Lacomare (FRA) with a 14.50. Thomas Fok Cheong (REU) finished in third followed by Charles Martin (GLP) in fourth. Both Pupo and Lacomare qualified for the inaugural Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Final in Bali. Pupo finished equal fifth and earned $3,500 after being edged out by Shaun Joubert (ZAF) in the Quarterfinals. Lacomare made it to the Finals, earning second to Dusty Payne (HAW) and pocketing $7,000.
After coming in second in the ’08 OPJ Global Challenge behind Dusty Payne, Lacomare placed second in the Billabong World Junior Championships behind Kai Barger. Lacomare returns as a top seed this year to reclaim his berth into the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Final. In addition to local French talent, this year’s event has also drawn a serious “who’s who” contingent of international juniors looking to secure one of the last qualifying spots into the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Final including: Tonino Benson (HAW), Charlie Brown (BRA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Chad Du Toit (ZAF), John John Florence (HAW), Kiron Jabour (HAW), Granger Larsen (HAW), Dylan Melamed (HAW), Ramon Taliani (ITA), Petterson Thomaz (BRA) and Chase Wilson (USA).
The Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge France will be webcast LIVE at www.aspeurope.com.
Now in its second year, the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge has already traversed the globe beginning back in February at North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia, then stopping at Lower Trestles, San Clemente, Calif., followed by Port Alfred, South Africa, Etapa Itajai, Brazil, and most recently, Shidashita Point, Chiba, Japan last weekend.
The top two finishers at each of the qualifying events secure a spot into the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Final in Bali, Indonesia, Oct. 7-17. Ten have already qualified and two more will qualify at the last remaining event. Six additional juniors, one of which will be determined during a local trial in Bali, will be issued wildcards to round out the field of 18, and ensure that the talent at the Final is representative of the best juniors in the world.
The following surfers have qualified thus far:
1. Owen Wright (AUS)
2. Jadson Andre (BRA)
1. Kai Barger (HAW)
2. Davey Cathels (AUS)
1. Shaun Joubert (ZAF)
2. Brendon Gibbens (ZAF)
1. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
2. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
1. Dillon Perillo (USA)
2. Kato Arashi (JPN)
The Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge is a unique specialty series launched by Oakley in 2008 to give young surfers the opportunity to compete at some of the best surfing locales around the world. After a hugely successful inaugural year, the series continues to build international momentum and qualifying has become a first priority for many of the world’s top juniors.
For more information log onto www.oakleyprojunior.com