- 11 October 2011 | Surfing
Davey Cathels has won the the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali, in an epic final battle over Andrew Doheny. The day dawned and competitors and surf fans were greeted by a slight increase in swell size with clean 3-5 foot (1.5 - 2 meters) surf rolling into Echo Beach, Canggu.
Stop No. 1 of 3 on the ASP World Junior Tour, the Oakley World Pro Junior plays a vital role in determining the ASP World Junior Champions, all the men were well aware of what was on the line and didn't hold anything back in an exciting final day of competition.
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 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) and shutting the door on Doheny's Oakley World Pro Junior title hopes.
Davey Cathels takes the event win, USD$25,000 and the lead in the ASP World Junior Title Race with 10,000 ratings points.
"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 still can't believe I won, I just tried to do all the little things right all week and get through a few heats and now here I am. I'm so stoked!."
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'm not sure what I'm going to do next," Cathels said. "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."
In the Women's division, Coco Ho took down Dimity Stoyle. Stoyle struck first with a decent score, but Ho used her 3 years of experience on the elite ASP Women's World Title Race to put herself on the best waves and take top spot on the podium thanks to her powerful wrap-around carves.
"These are a lot of the girls I compete against the the ASP 6-Star events, and they're just as good as the girls in the ASP World Title 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 takes the lead in the ASP World Junior Title Race and USD$5000 prize-money, but is unsure if she'll compete in the remaining ASP World Junior Tour events.
"I don't think I'm going to Brazil for the next event," Ho said. "I came here to surf Keramas and I didn't even have a heat out there, but that's ok because the right at Canggu is way more rippable."
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN'S FINAL RESULT:
Davey Cathels (AUS) 18.03 def. Andrew Doheny (USA) 17.10
OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN'S FINAL RESULT:
Coco Ho (HAW) 15.67 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 12.84