Under a scorching sun in searing hot conditions on the black sands at Keramas River-mouth in Bali, the leading edge of a new swell delivered more excellent surf as four heats of Round 3 were completed at the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Final 2009.
Hawaii’s Granger Larsen lead the Hawaiian charge today on a day where all surfers reveled in the conditions with waves delivering an ideal platform for surfing’s full variety of highest quality moves.
In a see-sawing Round 3 heat against Brazilian Jesse Mendes, Larson left his best till last, finding a perfect set wave in the final minute, pulling straight into a barrel and scoring an outstanding 9.5 ride to take out the heat.
“I was getting nervous sitting in second place and into the last minute but when that wave appeared I knew it had the potential to win me the heat,” said Larson. “I just focused on riding a great final wave and thankfully I’m through to the Quarterfinals.”
Later in the day the other two Hawaiians in this event, Clay Marzo and Kai Barger, both won their heats to join Larsen in the Quarterfinals.
Great barrel rides were common throughout the day with Clay Marzo (HAW), Sam Wrench (AUS), Nat Young (USA) and Mustofa Jeksen (IND) all scoring some perfect long tubes.
Davey Cathels (AUS), Nat Young (USA) and Mustofa Jeksen (IND) can all consider themselves very unlucky to be eliminated today. All showed their brilliance, but were narrowly defeated in Round 3 heats that could have gone either way.
Jeksen scored the day’s second highest scoring ride of a 9.33 in his exciting and narrow loss to Hawaiian powerhouse Kai Barger who again unleashed massive bottom-to-top-turn combinations to take the final heat of the day.
A total of six heats were surfed today, navigating best possible conditions through the tides, and the event is now past the halfway stage.
Swells and winds look promising for the coming days and organizers will maintain a quality-controlled contest as we head toward Quarters, Semis and the Final.
Round 2: 1st and 2nd to Round 3; 3rd eliminated and placing equal 17th $1,500
Heat 1: Clay Marzo (HAW) 16.16, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.63, Noa Deane (AUS) 10.77
Heat 2: Mustofa Jeksen (IND) 12.33, Charly Martin (FRA) 11.03, Dillon Perillo (USA) 1.97
Round 3 Heats: 1st to Quarterfinals, 2nd eliminated in equal 9th place $2,500
Heat 1: Granger Larsen (HAW) 16.50, Jesse Mendez (BRA) 13.17
Heat 2: Sam Wrench (AUS) 15.50, Nat Young (USA) 12.86
Heat 3: Clay Marzo (HAW) 13.00, Davey Cathels (AUS) 9.33
Heat 4: Kai Barger (HAW), Mustofa Jeksen (IND)
Remaining Round 3 heats:
Heat 5: Marc Lacomare (FRA), Dewa Made Ardika (IND)
Heat 6: Shaun Joubert (ZAF), Brendon Gibbens (ZAF)
Heat 7: Charly Martin (FRA) V Kato Arashi (JPN)
Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA), Billy Stairmand (NZ)
Quarterfinal Draw at this stage: 1st to Semifinals, 2nd eliminated in 5th place $3,500
Quarter 1: Granger Larsen (HAW), Sam Wrench (AUS)
Quarter 2:Clay Marzo (HAW), Kai Barger (HAW)
Quarter 3: TBD
Quarter 4: TBD
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 2009 series acquired international momentum and qualifying became a main priority for many of the world’s top juniors.
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