Australia's Davey Cathels has beaten American Andrew Doheny at the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali. Doheny and Cathels electrified the crowd on Echo Beach at Canggu, surfing blow for blow in a frenzied final. On one wave, Doheny smashed the lip three times and caught a reform, finishing with an air reverse that left him nearly on the sand. Cathels volleyed with a huge lien grab, huge floater, to hack combo and claimed it. It earned him a 9.63. He followed up with lofty double grab and wound up taking the heat with an 18.03.
"This is the biggest win of my career!" Cathels said. "I wasn't feeling much pressure when I was chasing that big score at all. I'm always more nervous watching other people compete than when I'm actually doing it myself. I've been having good surfs all week and I knew if I got the right waves I could get the score. I just tried to do all the little things right all week and get through a few heats, and now here I am."
As Doheny progressed from quarters to semis to finals, he played it cool during post-heat interviews, but his impassioned surfing spoke volumes, and he narrowly missed the win with a 17.10.
"I'm super stoked because I'm not the best contest surfer," Doheny said. "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 getting second. I did a lot better than I thought so I'm really happy."
During the semifinals, Aussie Garrett Parkes fell to Cathels, despite an impressive performance, and Doheny usurped fellow Californian Conner Coffin at the last possible second. His 8.07 didn't drop until both surfers were on the beach.
Local Darmaputra Tonjo caused a major upset when he knocked out second-seeded Nat Young (of Santa Cruz) at Keramas on Tuesday. Tonjo continued wreaking havoc on the rankings when he defeated reigning ASP World Junior Champ Jack Freestone (of Australia) in round three.
"I'm so happy!" Tonjo told an interpreter. "I cannot believe that I beat the number one and two! Getting that good score early gave me the momentum and I'm still cannot believe it." Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau put an end to Tongo's streak in round four.
North Shore native Coco Ho won the women's competition in clean three to four-foot waves at Canggu on Monday. In the second semifinal, Ho opened with an 8.00 and a 7.00, instantly comboing France's Joanne Defay. She continued surfing with lots of style, flow, and control. Ho was off to a shakier start in the final against Australia's Dimity Stoyle, but she ultimately took the win with a 15.67 total.
"These are a lot of the girls I compete against at the ASP 6-Star events, and they're just as good as the girls in the ASP World Tour events," Ho said. "I definitely didn't think it was going to be an easy event -- all these girls were getting 8.00s and 9.00s all event! This is probably my last event of the year and it's great to go out on a win."
Ho's win comes after a sixth-place finish on the World Tour. She decided to take advantage of her last under-21 year and enter the World Pro Junior title race. Fellow CT competitor Felicity Palmateer, of Australia, was looking good after her second-place finish at the 6-star Billabong Women's Azores Island Pro, but she was knocked out by Defay in the quarters. Australian runner-up Dimity Stoyle, who scored the highest heat total of the women's comp early on (18.06), was stoked with her result.
"This is my first year on the ASP World Junior Tour and I didn't know what to expect," Stoyle said. "I've always watched it online and the girls surf so good, so to get 2nd at my first event, I'm over the moon."
The Bali event, the first of three stops on the ASP Junior World Tour, plays a key role in determining the ASP World Pro Junior champions. Additionally, while the Junior Tour doesn't directly affect qualification for the World Tour, top junior finishers receive wildcard seeding into the ASP Prime events. "This gives them a leg up towards qualifying for the elite ASP World Tour," explained ASP International Media Director Dave Prodan.
Later this month, the Junior World Tour heads to Rio de Janiero. Ho is currently at the top of the Pro Junior Women's ranking, but she isn't sure she'll compete in Brazil. Cathels wasn't planning to go to Brazil, either, planning instead for the O'Neill Cold Water Classic in Santa Cruz. Now, he's undecided.
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do next," Cathels said. "Now maybe I'll go to Brazil. I'll have to have a long think about this and talk to my Dad and manager."
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
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN'S FINAL RESULT:
Coco Ho (HAW) 15.67 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 12.84
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN'S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 15.03 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.66
HEAT 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.60 def. Joanne Defay (FRA) 10.67
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN'S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 16.33 def. Sarah Mason (NZL) 10.57
HEAT 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 15.83 def. Nao Omura (JPN) 8.07
HEAT 3: Joanne Defay (FRA) 14.73 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 10.83
HEAT 4: Coco Ho (HAW) 17.00 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 14.43