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Pro juniors kick off season at Sunset Beach

Kael Walsh © Fabio Dias



North Shore Surf Shop Sunset Pro Juniors

ASP 1 Star Men's Pro Junior Event
ASP 1 Star Women's Pro Junior Event
Sunset Beach, Oahu Hawaii
15 - 25 January 2014

Fiercely competitive lineup sees some surprise exits

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 January, 2014 - The first day of competition started in perfect 4 – 6 foot Sunset beach and the cast of international junior surfers didn’t disappoint. The swell filled in throughout the day serving up perfect peaks for the kids to test their skills.

Seth Moniz surfed really well today, laying down some big carves in the bumpy afternoon conditions. Seth will be moving on to the round of 64 with a lot of momentum after surfing his way through two heats. Isaiah Moniz wasn’t as lucky as he lost today in a close battle after posting an 8point comeback ride.

A lot of young Hawaiians lost today due to the fiercely competitive international group of surfers that came from all over the world to surf Sunset but a few of the locals surfed really well and will be moving on to the round of 64. Elija Gates surfed solid in the challenging conditions and won his heat over fellow local Joey Johnston who will also be moving on. Kaito Kino was a stand out in last year’s event and he surfed good again today to advance to the next round where there are still plenty of local surfers ready to perform.

There were a handful of young Australians that were surfing really well in the powerful surf at Sunset. Jack Robinson put on a great performance, showing maturity with long clean lines and great wave selection. Jack is one of the most promising junior surfer’s from Australia and having kids like him in the draw shows the importance of events like this. Young Kael Walsh from Australia also put on a great performance, advancing through 3 heats in one day. At 13, he is one of the youngest competitors in the event but showed he is ready to charge and really attacked the waves at Sunset.

Victor Bernardo was the day’s standout with two big performances. Victor is one of Brazil’s bright new stars and he showed today that he can carve and surf big waves just as good as he can do big air 360’s. Victor had the highest single wave score of the day with a 9.5 on a beautiful 6 foot peak where he performed 3 consecutive big moves. Victor looks very comfortable in the big conditions and looks to be the front runner of the event so far.

The girls competition also started today. The waves were a little tricky but there were some great rides and the girls surfed amazing on the long right walls. Tatiana Weston Webb from Kauai surfed incredible, displaying great backside technique and power. Tatiana was actually close to qualifying for the world tour last year as a junior and is one of Hawaii’s best female surfers.

Frankie Harrer and Meah Collins are both from California and are the only two non-Hawaiian’s in the Semi-Final’s. They both surfed really well today and will have their work cut out for them against the best Hawaii has to offer.

Unfortunately, last year’s women’s champion, Moana Jones lost in a close battle in the Quarters so there will definitely be a new champion crowned in the women’s division. With big swell on the way the contest will be off for the next two days but tune in Saturday for a potential start to the round of 64 with live webcast.

Al Hunt

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