Indo wildcards named for Oakley Junior Champs
Oakley ASP World Junior Championship
ASP World Junior Championship
Keramas, Bali, Indonesia
6 - 17 October 2012
Gazali Hamzah and Nyoman Satria Earn Indonesian Wildcard Spots in Oakley ASP World Juniors
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 October, 2012 : - - It was a fiercely contested final in Canggu today for the two wildcards spots in the Oakley ASP World Junior Championship Bali that will start tomorrow, with less than a point separating the top three of the four Indonesian finalists. When the horn blew the end of the 25 minute final, it was Lakey Peak Sumbawa’s Gazali Hamzah who finished first with a two wave total of 11.25 points, narrowly edging out Nyoman “Blacky” Satria from Legian Beach in Bali.
Blacky made an impressive come from behind run to edge out Nusa Lembongan’s Agus Frimanto, ending with 11.15 points over Frimanto’s 10.70. Angga Bayu from Bali's East Coast rounded out the final with a total score of 6.70.
Extremely happy with his well-earned victory, winner Hamzah had this to say after being presented with his wildcard by Oakley’s Gino Andreas. “This morning when I started out I knew I had to really try my hardest and go all out, because it’s my last year and my last chance as a pro junior. When I got to the finals I was happy of course, but the conditions were really difficult and all the guys out are so good, so I was nervous. When I got that 7.25 on my first wave it gave me confidence, and I knew I just had to get one more good score to win. It was hard with lots of closeout waves coming through, so hard to find the good one, but in the end I was good enough to win.”
When asked how he felt about being able to join his brother Hairil “Oney” Anwar in the main event, he replied, “I’m really proud, for both getting the wildcard and being able to compete with my brother Oney. It’s the first time we get to compete together in a world championship event, so it’s really great.”
Oney Anwar has been going to school and competing in Australia for several years now, and was granted a wildcard by the ASP based on his status as the highest rated Indonesian junior surfer in the 2012 ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series, finishing in 9th place overall
Dark horse Nyoman “Blacky” Satria from Legian Beach, chaired up the beach by his Padma Beach posse that included last year’s giant killer Darmaputra Tonjo, was all smiles and shouts, saying, “I’m so…I don’t know how to explain it…just so really happy. Last year in the trials I finished 17th, so different from this year. This year I really focused and been training hard, so happy to get this good result. I’m so stoked to get this wildcard and get into a world championship event. I can’t wait for tomorrow!”
Satria put on a solid performance on his way to the final, but was not really favored to end up with a wildcard in a final that included Lembongan’s Agus Frimanto, as Frimanto has won several junior and pro junior events and also has a Coca-Cola ISC Open win under his belt (the 2011 Mentawai Surf Competition at Lances Right.) Frimanto was blitzing the field and won all of his heats handily, but a last minute charge by Satria that earned him a well-deserved 6 points on his last wave put Frimanto on the ropes with no time to fight back.
It was a testing day for most all of the the 32 Indonesian pro junior (under 21 years of age) surfers that gathered at Canggu this morning to take their best shot at winning one of the two coveted wildcard slots in this, as it was not only a battle against each other but also against elements, as the wave conditions were nothing but challenging with frequent 6 foot closeouts making for a non-stop paddle marathon. But they were all heart, and knowing that what was at stake was an entry ticket into the first ever world championship event ever to be held in Bali, there was no holding back.
The two Indonesian wildcard winners will be facing the world’s best pro juniors tomorrow at Canggu Beach, immediately following the traditional Balinese opening ceremony that is due to start around 8:00 pm.
Author: Tim Hain
Tags: Oakley Pro Junior World Champs, Gazali Hamzah, Nyoman Satria