Oakley Pro Junior
ASP Grade 2 Pro Junior Mens Event
Lower Trestles, California, USA
28 - 29 April 2006
Live Coverage/Photos etc
Eric Geiselman wins Oakley Pro Junior
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 April, 2006 : - - SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., -The waves poured in, the sun peaked through and competitive spirit abounded for the final day of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) four-star Body Glove Surfbout Presented by Adio and grade-two Oakley Pro Junior. This year's Oakley Pro Junior saw Eric Geiselman (USA) take the win and $2,500, with Dylan Graves (PRI) in second, Alex Gray in third and Alejandro Moreda (PRI).
The final day of competition commenced with the quarter-finals of the Oakley Pro Junior where the top surfers under 20 were absolutely tearing up the water. Eric Geiselman attacked the waves pulling in his first high score of 8.83. Geiselman had to be patient before earning a high 9.33, the wave that secured his position in the next round.
Dylan Graves surfed strong in heat two, with scores of 9.10 and 7.93, giving him a semi-final berth. Alex Gray, riding off the momentum of yesterday's perfect 10.0 score, continued to deliver in heat three and took the win. He was followed by Alejandro Moreda who also advanced.
When asked about his approach to competing in both the WQS and Junior events, Gray said, "I'm just enjoying myself. The real fun of this whole thing is getting to surf Lowers with a clear lineup. There's a good vibe on the beach today and I'm trying to take that with me out into the water."
In the first semi-final heat of the Pro Junior, Eric Geiselman secured a series of high scoring waves to take first in the heat with Dylan Graves advancing to the final in second-place. Alex Gray and Alejandro Moreda dominated in the second heat to also advance to the final.
The final of the Oakley Pro Junior got off to a slow start and concluded with a dramatic finish. With minutes remaining, the day's "ironman," Alex Gray was holding onto first until an interference call subtracted crucial points from his score, bumping him to third. Eric Geiselman stepped up with a solid backhand attack for the win and Dylan Graves posted an 8.33 to secure second-place. "The whole day was really fun," said Oakley Pro Junior Champion Eric Geiselman. "The waves were perfect, and it was a great event."
Oakley Pro Junior Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals
QF1 15.00 Devon Tresher (USA), 14.33 William Cardoso (BRA), 14.33 Granger Larsen (HAW), 12.70 Kilian Garland (USA)
QF2 18.16 Eric Geiselman (USA), 17.03 Dylan Graves (PRI), 13.44 Jesse Heilman (USA), 11.93 Brandon Ragenovich (USA
QF3 13.83 Alex Gray (USA), 13.43 Alejandro Moreda (USA), 11.16 Jeremy Johnston (USA), 10.03 Travis Beckman (USA)
QF4 18.33 Mitchell Coleburn (AUS), 14.10 Sterling Spencer (USA), 13.23 Adam Wickwire (USA), 9.10 Tommy Bursian (PRI)
SF1 15.33 Eric Geiselman (USA), 12.08 Dylan Graves (PRI), 11.84 William Cardoso (BRA), 5.88 Devon Tresher (USA)
SF2 15.70 Alex Gray (USA), 14.10 Alejandro Moreda (PRI), 12.74 Mitchell Coleburn (AUS), 12.20 Sterling Spencer (USA)
1 $2,500: 12.53 Eric Geiselman (USA)
2 $1,500: 9.43 Dylan Graves (PRI)
3 $1,100: 8.57 Alex Gray (USA)
4 $900: 5.40 Alejandro Moreda (PRI)
Alex Gray scores a perfect 10 on Day One of Oakley Pro Junior
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 April, 2006 : - - SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - The best waves of the contest period so far with strong consistent sets were the highlight of day four of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) four-star Body Glove Surfbout Presented by Adio and day one of the grade-two Oakley Pro Junior. Surfing's veterans went head-to-head against some of the sport's rising stars and the young talent repeatedly prevailed.
Both contests conclude Saturday with Amp'd Mobile broadcasting the semi-final and final rounds of the Body Glove Surfbout and final round of the Oakley Pro Junior live to Amp'd Mobile phones, a first for U.S. wireless provider. In addition to the live broadcast, Amp'd is offering a demo of WaveWatch.com's mobile version beginning Thursday April 27 and continuing through the contest. Please visit www.ampd.com for more information.
Lowers' notorious split peak barrels rolled in consistently today, hyping up the competition and kicking off the first heat of the day. 2005 World Junior Champion Kekoa Bacalso won heat eight of the WQS events, and fittingly, the contest shifted gears immediately afterwards as the Oakley Pro Junior's opening round hit the water.
Comprised of a draw of 32 of the world's best surfers under the age of 20, the Oakley Pro Junior is a chance for domestic and international juniors to compete for qualification into the World Junior Championships held in Australia.
Standouts in today's initial heats were William Cardoso, Killian Garland, Dylan Graves, Alex Gray, Sterling Spencer and Tommy Bursian.
Gray in particular was blazing hot. Late in heat five, he nabbed a long, running right and absolutely demolished it for a perfect 10.0. Looking confident and comfortable in his junior heat, he easily took the win. "It was perfect, sparkling Lowers conditions, with only four guys in the line up" said Gray. "I've never surfed Lowers this good in my life." Gray is currently slated to surf in the quarter-finals of the main event and round two of the Oakley Pro Junior.
The Body Glove Surfbout Presented by Adio and the Oakley Pro Junior will commence Saturday at 8 a.m. with the quarters, semis and finals of both. The awards ceremony will immediately follow at 2 p.m. With the swell scheduled to remain solid and the competition thickening, Saturday's close promises to be a scorcher. Live scoring and press updates of both events are available at www.bodyglovesb06.asglive.com.
Oakley Pro Junior Series
The Oakley Pro Junior aligns the top-rated international junior competitors against the top 20 highest rated ASP North American juniors. The small field and competitive draw demands each surfer perform at the top of their ability. There are 10 ASP North America Pro Junior events scheduled in 2006. Each contest offers the domestic competitors important points toward the year-end standings and a chance to receive entry into the Billabong World Junior Championships.
After Lower Trestles, the Oakley Pro Junior's second stop will be a stand-alone event held August 5-6 in Ocean City, New Jersey. The series of Oakley Pro Junior events will culminate at the 2006 O'Neill Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, Calif., October 17-22, which is also the final stop of the Macy's California Trifecta Surf Series.
Past winners of the ASP World Junior title include World Championship Tour (WCT) pros Andy Irons (USA), Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Adriano de Souza (BRA). This years Oakley Pro Junior seed list reads like a who's who of the Pro Junior surfing circuit with top International seeds Mitch Coleborn (AUS), William Cardoso (BRA) and Granger Larsen (HAW) along side North American stand-outs Alex Gray (USA), Eric Geisleman (USA) and Sterling Spencer (USA).
Junior Contests - Surfersvillage