- 12 August 2008 | Surfing
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-1 Oakley Pro Junior finals were held today in clean one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) waves at Shida-Shita Point in Chiba, Japan, and local standout Nobuyuki Osawa proved victorious over a stacked field of competitors.
Today’s competition was treated to a host of outstanding performances, including that of event favorite Keito Matsuoka who consistently posted high scores throughout the day en route to his Finals appearance.
Joining Osawa and Matsuoka in the Final was former Billabong ASP World Junior Championships campaigner Kento Takahashi and regional standout Shota Nakamura.
Despite the hard-fought Final, it was Osawa who stole victory in the final 10 seconds and be crowned 2008 Oakley Pro Junior Champion.
OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR - ASP Grade-1 Pro Junior
1 - Nobuyuki Osawa(JAPAN)
2 Shota Nakamura(JAPAN)
3 Keito Matsuoka(JAPAN)
4 Kento Takahashi(JAPAN)
- 11 August 2008 | Surfing
Wiggoly Dantas (Ubatuba, BRA), 18, won the Rip Curl Boardmasters in association with Relentless today, claiming his maiden ASP World Qualifying Series title in testing four to six foot (1.2 to 2 meter) waves at Fistral Beach after defeating Pablo Paulino (BRA) in a 100% Brazilian final.
Wiggoly Dantas (BRA) was the fittest surfer today winning four heats in a row against some of the world's best surfers including WQS Top 25 surfer Leigh Sedley (AUS), Chris Davidson (AUS) and David Weare (ZAF) respectively in Round 5, Quarters and Semis, finsihing his run with an impressive 16.40 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) in the final.
"I had a great time in England and people were so nice to me all week", Dantas said. "We had great waves at the start and tough ones today but it was always lots of fun. So stoked to get this first title, such a big thing. It is a great confidence boost for the upcoming events."
Dantas, who came to Newquay sitting way back in the ratings compared to all the surfers he defeated, was definitely the outsider of the final day. He will move up the ratings from No. 122 into the Top 80 and heads to France confidently.
"Pablo (Paulino) surfed so well and I want to congratulate him", Dantas said. "It was one of my dreams to win the event here as I really love the waves and the atmosphere here. I am very happy and I hope things can keep going as good for me."
Pablo Paulino (BRA), 2X and reigning ASP World Junior Champion, placed second in the event and secures precious 1750 points for his ASP World Tour qualification quest. Paulino, who is seen as one of Brazil's most promissing surfers towards a possible ASP World title in the future, impressed with his powerful prowesses and tactics in the tricky solid waves.
"Things are going well for me so I am still very happy with that second place", Paulino said. "I am slowly get closer to my only goal and dream which is to qualify for the ASP World Tour."
- 11 August 2008 | Surfing
Miguel Pupo (Sao Paulo, BRA), 17, claimed the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-1 Oakley Pro, his maiden title in front of a massive French crowd at Lacanau today. Pupo, who came all the way from Round 1, put on a show in the 30-minute final, taking the best out of the clean three to four foot (1 to 1.2 meter) waves to defeat Marc Lacomare (FRA), Thomas Fok Cheong (REU) and Charles Martin (GLP).
Pupo, who advanced through seven heats during three days of intense action to reach the final encounter, won with a solid 17.16 point score tally (out of a possible 20) after getting through three rounds today. Posting an excellent 9.43 point ride (out of a possible 10) en route to victory, Pupo led the final all the way to the end.
"I am super stoked," Pupo said. "The final was very hard to win and I never expected to finish ahead of such good surfers. I was lucky to get a bomb and make this big air. I am very happy to win the wildcard to compete in the ASP WQS 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro next week."
Pupo, who placed equal 3rd in the ASP Grade-1 Oakley Pro Junior in Ubatuba, Brazil, last May, qualifies for the Oakley Global Challenge Final which will take place from October 7 to17 in Bali, Indonesia.
"I am looking forward to take part in the Oakley Global Challenge," Pupo said. "Until then, I will do my best without pressure and try to keep surfing well and have fun in Europe. So stoked to get this win."
Runner-up Marc Lacomare (FRA), 18, current No.2 on the ASP European Pro Junior rating, was confident during the event and reached his goal as his 2nd place gives him a wildcard in the Oakley Global Challenge as well.