- 19 January 2008 | Surfing
It was a godsend for junior pro surfers in Hawaii for the No Fear/Koastal Kaos Pro Junior presented by Hard Rock. Sunset was striking to watch as 8-12 foot sets rolled into the line-up, shifting their peaks and heaving the 20 and under surfers into drops of their lives!
No problem for Hawaii’s Kiron Jabour who scored a 6.25 and 7.5 solidly taking out the rest of the contingent in the 30 minute final and staking his claim to qualify for the World Jr. Championship.
“It was the best Sunset for a contest and really important to qualify”, said Jabour happily. Brazilian born Jabour has lived in Hawaii since he was 4 years old and flies the Hawaiian flag, “I love Brazil but Hawaii is my home and it feels so good to do well here and at Sunset this big. My main goal is to get seeded into the WQS (ASP world qualifying series) events.” Jabour takes home $2,000.00 for the win and bragging rights for a long, long time.
Another Hawaiian, Tyler Newton from Hanalei, Kauai grabbed second place and the opportunity to transition into the pro ranks. “It was perfect pumping Sunset, big, and I was a bit scared”, said the 17 year old. “I had a good rhythm all day though. In the final I had one really late air drop, I was riding a 6’8.” Newton scored a 6.5 and 6.85 earning him a check for $900.00. Snagging the third spot was Brazil’s Jeronimo Vargas scoring a 7.65 and a 4.25. “It was the best surf ever for a contest”, said Vargas. “ I had some bad luck (in the final), I was focusing on the west set because I got a 9.0 there earlier.” In fourth place was Marco Giorgi with two 5.5 rides awarded.
Hawaii’s Granger Larson and defending champion Mason Ho took highest wave score honors with a 9.50 score each. Torrey Meister was close behind with a 9.45 awarded. Larsen also scored highest heat total with a 17.50. John John Florence and finalist Marco Giorgi tied with a 17.00 total heat score. In equal 7th place were Keale Chung and John John Florence. Equal 5th went to Billy Kemper and Kyle Ramey.
No Fear is committed to supporting amateur surfing and creating a better bridge between amateur and professional surfing. In addition to serving as the title sponsor of the NSSA’s East Coast, West Coast and National Championship Series, the company sponsors the Koastal Kaos Amateur Surf Series in California and Hawaii. The top two surfers in the Koastal Kaos Amateur Surf Series’ Open Men’s Division and the top Junior competitor will earn wild cards in the 1-Star Koastal Kaos WQS event May 7-11 at Oceanside Harbor in California.
Source: ASP World Tour