Global Contingent Tears through Round 2 of Billabong ASP World Junior Championships
NORTH NARRABEEN, New South Wales/Australia (Monday, January 10, 2011) - The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy switched back to men’s action today and saw onshore two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves provide the perfect canvas for a high-performance showdown for the world’s best under-21 talent in Round 2.
Davey Cathels (AUS), 19, current No. 9 on the ASP World Junior Tour, built momentum throughout his heat against Tahitian Enrique Ariitu (PYF), eventually earning the day’s highest heat-total of 15.83 out of 20 by combining an impressive repertoire of powerful rail-carves, tail-free turns and a no-grab air-reverse on two alley rights to snag a Round 2 heat win.
Cathels, who is a North Narrabeen local, capitalized on his intimate knowledge of the shifty lineup to assure his advancement into Round 3 in the tricky onshore conditions.
Caio Ibelli (BRA), 16, current ASP World Pro Junior No. 3, navigated through the disorganized beachbreak conditions to defeat event wildcard Keala Naihe (HAW), 17, to keep the Brazilian natural-footer’s chances of the 2011 ASP World Junior title alive.
Kaimana Jaquias (HAW), 17, whose father Kaipo finished equal 3rd at North Narrabeen in the past, relied on his father’s advice in his first trip to the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships regarding the break and his impressive combination of new-school aerials and classic power-turns earned him one of the day’s highest heat totals, 14.83 out of 20, showing that the young Hawaiian is out to make a name for himself.
Charles Martin (GLP), 20, 2010 ASP European Champion, earned a come-from-behind heat victory over Takumi Nakamura (JPN) despite an impressive showing from the young Japanese talent, by smashing four electric backhand blasts on a bowly lefthander in the dying seconds of his Round 2 bout to advance to Round 3.
Evan Geiselman (USA), 17, ASP North America Pro Junior Series Champion, put on a marquee performance in his Round 1 heat despite finishing second to Miguel Pupo (BRA), 18, and returned to form in Round 2 as one of the rare goofy-footers to dismantle the lefthanders.
The talented Floridian surfer is also out to gain the priceless experience of man-on-man competition that mimics the latter rounds of ASP PRIME and ASP World Tour events.
A cash reward is also handed out at the end of each competition day, the Von Zipper More Bang Bang for Your Buck, which recognizes the competitor who pulls off the most progressive maneuver of the day.
The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships holds a waiting period from January 8 through 16, 2011 and will be webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com.
Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Caio Ibeli (BRA) 11.67 def. Keala Naihe (HAW) 8.43
Heat 2: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.43 def. Tom Cloarec (FRA) 9.20
Heat 3: Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 13.10 def. Arashi Kato (JPN) 7.40
Heat 4: Davey Cathels (AUS) 15.83 def. Enrique Ariitu (PYF) 8.73
Heat 5: Hiroto Arai (JPN) 10.20 def. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 10.00
Heat 6: Andrew Doheny (USA) 10.20 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 8.10
Heat 7: Charles Martin (GLP) 14.10 def. Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 12.56
Heat 8: Chris Salisbury (AUS) 13.43 def. Evan Thompson (USA) 12.27
Heat 9: Alex Smith (HAW) 13.03 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 11.03
Heat 10: Nic Von Rupp (DEU) 11.56 def. Ian Gentil (HAW) 9.80
Heat 11: Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.67 def. Kaishu Tanaka (JPN) 10.44
Heat 12: Luke Davis (USA) 10.27 def. Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 8.86
Heat 13: Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 12.67 def. David Vlung (AUS) 8.00
Heat 14: Felipe Jervis (PRT) 10.17 def. Teoro Tahutini (PYF) 6.70
Heat 15: Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 14.83 def. Albee Layer (HAW) 8.57
Heat 16: Dean Bowen (AUS) 11.84 def. Guillermo Satt (CHL) 10.70
Upcoming Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Semifinals Heats:
Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 2: Alizee Arnaud (FRA) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)