- 24 May 2009 | Surfing
Alejo Muniz was today crowned Oakley Pro Junior Brazil champion in front of a mass of screaming fans at Itajai, heralding his bright future in style.
With a building crowd flocking to Itajai in droves, lining up and down the picturesque pier to cheer on the future of Brazilian surfing, the final day of the Oakley Pro Junior Brazil was all that was expected – and more.
Defeating Jadson Andre in a final worthy for any international event, Muniz got the better of his more fancied opponent with a blistering backhand attack.
Outpointing Andre 15.43 (out of a possible 20) to 12.84 in the final, including a brilliant 8.33 (out of a possible 10), Muniz was over the moon with his result.
“I’m so happy,” Muniz said beaming.
“It’s the best day of my surfing career so far – to beat Jadson in front of my friends, family and fans is amazing.”
Qualifying for the Oakley Global Pro Junior Challenge in Bali as well as being crowned ABRASP champion (Brazilian Champion) / ASP South America and pocketing R$9,0000, Muniz cannot wait to get to Indonesia later this year.
“I love surfing in Bali,” Muniz admitted, salivating at the opportunity gifted to him.
“I have only been once, but I can’t wait to surf against the best surfers in the world in some of the best waves.”
Beginning with two excellent semi-finals and finishing with an all-star, all-class final, the next surfing superstars of Brazil took the competition to new heights from the opening minute.
With a pair of near perfect rides Muniz accounted for Jesse Mendes in the first semi-final, whilst best friends and fierce rivals Andre and Miguel Pupo fought it out in a tight heat, with Andre claiming the win.
Having already qualified for the Oakley Global Pro Junior Challenge through the Australian round, Jadson Andre passed up his automatic qualification to the next highest place getter - Jesse Mendes, who finished third.
“I’m so stoked,” Mendes said when learning of his place in Bali.
“It’s like a dream come true,” the 16 year-old admitted.
Oakley Pro Junior Brazil - Final Results
Alejo Muniz 15.43 (8.33, 7.10) – Jadson Andre 12.84 (6.77, 6.07)