COMPETITORS LOCKED IN FOR UPCOMING OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN BALIWednesday, September 26, 2012
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COMPETITORS LOCKED IN FOR UPCOMING
KERAMAS, Bali/Indonesia (September 26, 2012) - The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 2012 Men’s and Women’s World Junior Champions will be decided October 6-17 at the Oakley World Pro Junior Championship in Bali. The seven ASP regions (Australasia, Africa, Hawaii, Europe, Japan, North America and South America) have used their respective Pro Junior series’ to determine regional representatives who will vie for the first ASP World Champion Titles ever awarded in Indonesia. In addition to the World Titles, $100,000 will be on the line for the men and $30,000 for the women.
Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, Calif., USA) finished runner-up at the event in Bali last year and will be looking to use his exciting brand of surfing to push for another solid result next month.
“Last year’s event was a good experience,” Doheny said. “The waves were really fun and I had a great time. Doing well in the contest made the trip that much better. I’m really excited to go back and try my best in the contest and get some good surf. I like going to Bali, it’s always fun times there.”
In addition to Doheny, Evan Thompson (Jacksonville, Fla., USA), Taylor Clark (Encinitas, Calif., USA), Luke Davis (Capistrano Beach, Calif., USA), Kanoa Igarashi (Huntington Beach, Calif., USA) and Conner Coffin (Santa Barbara, Calif., USA) will represent North America for the men. North American women will include Quincy Davis (Montauk, NY, USA) and Frankie Harrer (Malibu, Calif., USA).
Maxime Huscenot (FRA), 2009 ASP World Junior Champion, will be competing as a junior for the last time at the Oakley World Pro Junior Championship. Huscenot’s smooth style and competitive experience will see him enter the event as one of the favorites to take it out.
“I’m feeling good and have good boards at the moment,” Huscenot said. “I’ve been working hard lately, I’ve trained physically since last year and I have a good rhythm going. This is my last opportunity as a junior, so I’m going to Bali with hopes of clinching the World Title! I know the wave pretty well and it is very similar to my home wave in Reunion Island.”
Rosanny Alvarez (VEN) will be the first surfer from Venezuela to compete at the Oakley World Pro Junior Championship after she claimed the prestigious ASP South America Pro Junior title.
“I am very excited to have secured the ASP South American Junior Title, that is unheard of for my country,” said Alvarez. “Here in Venezuela we do not have much support for travel and to compete, but the president of the Venezuelan Federation of Surf is seeking sponsorship for me to represent my country for the first time in the Oakley World Pro Junior Championship and I believe everything will be okay. Already I am counting the days traveling to Bali!”
Matt Banting (AUS), the 18-year-old from Port Macquarie, Australia has had a breakthrough year in 2012. Banting started the year with a bang, winning both the Pro Junior and the men’s divisions at the prestigious Australian Open of Surfing and now sits at a very respectable 65th on the ASP Men’s World Rankings.
“I watched the World Juniors at Narrabeen for years when I was a grom,” Banting said. “I watched guys like Adriano De Souza and Jordy Smith in the finals and it’s always been a goal to win one myself. Bali is a great venue! It has a wide variety of waves, great food, great people and the water is warm. My preparation has been good as I’ve just come off the Europe World Tour leg. It’s good to get home, tweak a few things and reset for Bali.”
Nao Omura (JPN) who finished equal 5th at last year’s Oakley World Pro Junior Championship is looking forward to returning to Bali and competing on the world stage.
“I’m so happy and excited to be in the Oakley World Pro Junior Championship again!” Omura said. “The waves in Bali are always fun, with both barrels and rippable waves. I’ve been following the ASP Star events because my home doesn’t have much waves, and I’m training hard at home for the competition.”
The Oakley World Pro Junior Championships Bali will run from October 6 – 17. Watch the Oakley World Pro Junior Championships LIVE webcast at oakleyprojunior.com. Follow the action on facebook.com/Oakley and @OakleyAction and start a conversation with #OakleyProJr
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