Australian Davey Cathels wins Junior champs in Bali after SA surfers go out
Davey Cathels (AUS) won the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali in an epic Final battle over Andrew Doheny (US) yesterday.
Cathels pocketed USD$25 000 and the lead in the ASP World Junior Title Race with 10 000 ratings points. Cathels who stood up and snatched the win, gouging a couple of monster turns and launching into massive lien air to score a 9.63 (out of a possible 10) shut the door on on Doheny’s Oakley World Pro Junior title hopes.
The Final had the crowd on the black sand beach on their feet as the two surfers battled it out in a flurry of sets, carving and slashing the long rippable right-handers.
It was a sad day for South Africa two days earlier as following the elimnation of the Springboks from the Rugby World Cup after losing to Australia on Sunday, the remaining South African junior surfers in this event, including St Francis Bay’s top surfer, Dale Staples, were allso defeated the same day.
“This is the biggest win of my career!” Cathels said.
Cathels had planned to skip the next ASP World Pro Junior event in Brazil and enter an ASP PRIME event in Santa Cruz, California, but is now unsure of what he’ll do. “I was going to go to Santa Cruz, but now maybe I’ll go to Brazil. I’ll have to have a long think about this and talk to my Dad and manager.”
Doheny portrayed his stylish and unpredictable approach in the Final. He took home USD$10,000 and 8000 point towards the 2011 ASP World Junior Title Race.
“I came here last year and lost in the first round, so I said to myself as long as I win that heat I’ll be happy. Then I ended up being placed 2nd. “
Garrett Parkes (AUS) lost the all Australian Semi final against Cathels. The pair went wave for wave, turn for turn in a very evenly matched affair, but Parkes was left needing a score when the ocean went flat for the last 10 minutes of the heat. Parkes went home with an equal 3rd place finish, USD $5000 and 6500 ASP World Junior Tour ratings points.
Conner Coffin (US) was also eliminated in the next Semi final by fellow American Doheny. The heat started slow, but finished with a bang. Both surfers had similar scores and it came down the last exchange, the heat was over and both surfers were on the sand when it was announced that Doheny got the score required to progress to the Final.
Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie) and Nick Godfrey (Cape St Francis) replace Staples and February in Rio. Staples is committed to competing in a Prime rated event in California over the same period while February will be writing his Matric exams. Both will be back to claim their invitations to the final stop on the Word Junior Tour – the Billabong World Junior in Sydney, Australia, early in 2012 – where the annual ASP World Junior champions will be crowned.
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S FINAL RESULT:
Davey Cathels (AUS) 18.03 def. Andrew Doheny (USA) 17.10
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Davey Cathels (AUS) 16.33 def. Garrett Parkes (AUS) 13.20
HEAT 2: Andrew Doheny (USA) 15.37 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 14.73
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Davey Cathels (AUS) 14.60 def. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 11.17
HEAT 2: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 14.97 def. Eziekel Lau (HAW) 12.34
HEAT 3: Conner Coffin (USA) 15.60 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 13.96
HEAT 4: Andrew Doheny (USA) 17.16 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 16.27
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