• Congratulations Dale! 2nd palce world pro junior championships in bali

Billabong team rider Dale Staples (South Africa) has given himself a shot at claiming the ASP World Junior Tour title after finishing runner up in the first of the two-leg world junior series today.

Dale put on a great show in the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior event at Keramas in Bali before going down to Jack Freestone (Australia) in the final.

Jack took the lead early with a near-perfect ride but left the door open for Dale to snatch victory in the dying minutes of the 35-minute final. With Dale holding priority and needing an eight-point ride in the sometimes hollow three to four-foot right handers, the ocean went flat until a solid pulse emerged with less than 20 seconds remaining.

Dale paddled into what looked like the winning wave and slotted himself deep in the cavern, but the wave ran away from him and he couldn’t thread his way out of the muddy pit.

On the way to the final, Dale took down Mitch Crews (Australia) in the semi-final, fellow team rider Evan Thompson (USA) in the quarter final and Granger Larsen (Hawaii) in round four.

He now goes on to the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships decider at Sydney’s Narrabeen Beach in January as one of the favourites to claim the world junior crown.

Congratulations Dale!

Among other Billabong team riders, Evan Thompson finished 5th, Granger Larsen and Shaun Joubert (South Africa) 9th, Kaimana Jacquias (HAW), Ryan Callinan (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW), Peterson Crisanto (BRA) and Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 17th and Dean Bowen 33rd.



Image Credit: © ASP/ Roberston
Photographer: Steve Robertson