Ezekiel Lau of Hawaii was at his powerful best, easily winning round one at the Oakley World Junior Championships in Bali. He defeated Italo Ferreira of Brazil and Kato Arash of Japan to advance straight to round three.
Surf News: - - The 2012 Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali got off to a flying start at Echo Beach, Canggu today. The world's best surfers under 21 lit up the 3 to 4 foot (1.5 meter) surf, mixing powerful and progressive manoeuvres, with all the surfers keen to stamp their authority on this event that will be crowning the 2012 ASP World Junior Champions.
Peterson Crisanto (BRA) put on a dominating performance in his opening heat against last year's runner-up Andrew Doheny (USA) and fellow Brazilian Geovane Ferreira (BRA). Crisanto read the waves perfectly and used his aerial attack to score a near perfect two wave heat-total of 19.00 (out of a possible 20).
"It's a good start for me," Crisanto said. "The start of the heat was slow, but then I did an air and the judges gave me a 9.33. Then I tried to keep busy and I caught a wave in the last minute of the heat and got another 9. I don't know why, but I was nervous before, so I am pretty stoked to be through to Round 3. Canggu is like my home break, it's pretty much my favourite place to surf in the world."
Ryan Callinan (AUS) clocked an impressive heat win that will see him skip Round 2 and advance directly into Round 3. The young surfer from Newcastle, Australia has had a bad run of injuries over the last 12 months, but appears to be back in form after today's heat win.
"That first heat is always nerve racking for me," Callinan said. "I don't think I've won in Round 1 at this event before, so it feels really good to leapfrog Round 2. This is my last year as a junior and I want to do well. I went terribly in some competitions in Europe this year. Not many people know, but I hurt my knee and it probably wasn't a hundred percent. It felt really good out there today, so that gives me a lot of confidence."
Maxime Huscenot (FRA), 2009 ASP World Junior Champion is competing as a junior surfer for the last time at the 2012 Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali and he's looking to make the most of it.
"I just wanted to wait out the back for the really big ones," Huscenot said. "There were some good waves, with some good walls and I managed to find them. This is my last event competing as a junior, it's funny because you start so young and time goes fast and it's over pretty quick. I'm stoked to have already won an ASP World Junior Title and hopefully I can do it again this year."
Connor Coffin (USA) survived a slow start to his Round 1 battle against Deivid Silva (BRA) and Taylor Clark (USA) who finished second and third respectively. Coffin went to work in the second half of the heat and used his stylish flow and carves to jump to the lead and advance directly to Round 3. "I had a bad start to that heat so it feels good to get the win," Coffin said. "I love this event, it's my favourite event of the year. This is my third time here and I love Bali, I'm here with my family and I'm feeling good."