OWPJ: One World Title down, One to go
Oakley ASP World Junior Championships
Van Dijk Wins World Title - Men down to 16 title contenders
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 October, 2012 : - - Keramas, Bali – Nikki Van Dijk took out the ASP Women’s World Junior Title after defeating Bianca Buitendag in an epic Final at the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali. Surf was in the 6 foot range, with flawless tubes and walls reeling down the reef at Keramas.
The 2012 event will go down as an historic event as it’s the first event in Indonesia to crown an ASP World Champion. Van Dijk and Buitendag were well deserving Finalists, between the two of them they scored six of the top 10 highest wave scores of the event.
Van Dijk held the lead for the whole Final, unleashing crisp and powerful carves. She surfed strong, smart and beautifully and will go down as the first surfer from Victoria, Australia to win an ASP World Junior Title.
Buitendag was a standout surfer all event storming through the draw stacked with the best junior surfers in the world. In the Final she was unable to find the best waves to execute the moves that saw her post the big scores in the early rounds. Buitendag will join next year’s elite top 17 on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour and will be one to watch.
Ramzi Boukhiam © Hennings
Last sixteen title contenders decided in the Mens event
The pumping conditions gave the last 48 mens surfers every opportunity to put their full bag of tricks on display. With Nikki Van Dijk claiming the ASP World Junior Title in the Women’s division. The field of 48 mens surfers was culled to just 16 remaining title contenders.
Ezekiel Lau put his tube riding skills and power carves to work defeating Deivid Silva. Wade Carmichael posted the day’s highest two-wave wave total, a 17.00 for a series of viciously powerful carves and snaps eliminating Peterson Crisanto.
Caue Wood did the Brazilian contingent proud with an upset win over 2009 ASP World Junior Champion Maxime Huscenot (FRA). Jack Freestone survived a scare in Heat 9, in the dying minutes he was trailing Geovane Ferreira. Freestone focused in on a wave, launched a series vertical turns, earning him the required score and a spot in Round 4.
Kalani David (HAW) and Luke Davis (USA) put on the most exciting heat of the day, with David, second youngest surfer in the men’s draw, ending up winning the heat. Connor Coffin eliminated the last local Indonesian surfer Hairil Anwar in a great battle. Frederico Morais went off in his Round 3 Heat win against Kaito Ohashi.
After the last heat of the day surfers, event staff and spectators participated in a traditional surfing memorial paddle-out for the victims of the 2002 Bali Bombings to commemorate the 10 year anniversary.
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Autor: The Editors
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