(Friday 10th October, 2008): THE US$75,000 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Championships has been called off in Bali, Indonesia today.
With bumpy, inconsistent waves on offer at the host break of Keramas, contest organisers opted to call a lay day.
“The swell is expected to get bigger in the next few days, so we’re looking to ensure that the guys compete in the best possible conditions,” said Contest Director Andrew Stark.
“We’ve got the best juniors competing for the richest-ever pro junior prize purse, so the priority is getting epic waves within the 10-day waiting period.”
Competition is expected to resume tomorrow with sudden-death round two heats to run in a rising swell.
The opening heat will see Hawaiian sensation Sebastian Zietz (Kauai) take on Japan’s Kaito Ohashi and local Indonesian Yuki Seedwell, while Australian ace Lincoln Taylor (Nth Stradbroke Island, Qld) will face-off against fellow Australian Mitch Crews (Currumbin, Qld) and Brazil’s Franklin Serpa in heat two.
In its inaugural year, the 2008 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge has travelled the globe since February. With a total of six events for junior surfers to qualify, the Global Challenge Championship will connect four days of competition during a 10-day waiting period, October 7-17 in Bali, Indonesia. The series kicked off at North Stradbroke, Queensland, Australia, followed by, New Pier, Durban, South Africa; Lower Trestles, San Clemente, Calif., USA; Itamambuca Beach, Ubatuba City, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Shidashita Point, Chiba, Japan and Grand Plage, Lacanua, Gironde, France.
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