Young Jack Robinson of Australia pulled off a massive shock to knock out reigning champ Caio Ibelli in the 2nd round of the Oakley World Juniors Pros in Indonesia, after his heat Jack said “If [Caio] caught the waves I did he would have gotten big scores too,” Robinson said after his heat. “I surf waves like this at home in WA all the time, so barrel riding is one of my strengths. I’m pretty happy, it feels good to win that one.”
Keanu Asing from Hawaii had a close shave with local lad Nyoman Satria, the conditions dramatically changed in this, the first round of the day and Nyoman was pumped and lead for much of the heat, but Asing came roaring back at the end and had just too much class as he begun to find his rhythm and snuck his way into round 3.
The runner up in last year’s competition, Andrew Doheny of the USA upped his game in round 2 to make up for his below par performance in the first round and progress to round 3, brushing aside Luan Carvalho in style.
“The level of surfing at this event is so high!” Doheny said. “I was off my game in the first round, so it feels good to come back and have a good heat. I’m loving being in Bali, there’s a lot of good rights and the people, food and everything are great.”
But top of the class in round 2 was Wade Carmichael who stamped down his signature style and powered through the waves with strong precise turns. On a day of upsets, varying conditions and big waves, standing out like Michael did was very impressive.
It was a bad day for South African surfers as all 3 of the days contestants crashed out, one of them to local wildcard Hairil Anwar who said “It’s good to win for my family and friends who have come to visit and for my country,” Anwar said. “When I’m in Australia I miss my home, but it’s great to surf Snapper with guys like Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson. It’s done so much for my surfing. If my friends want to make it in surfing they will probably have to do the same.”
A call will be made tomorrow at 5:45am for a possible 6am start to the women’s final and the men’s Round 3.