Davey Cathels hoists Oakley World Pro Jr Bali trophy
Davey Cathels of Australia
has just taken out the win of his career over Andrew Doheny in perfect head high bowls at Canguu. The final was a shootout, with big airs and big scores falling from the sky, and both surfers had a good taste of the lead before Cathels sealed it with a big lien air comboed with some rail work and a 9.60.
Cathels now takes the lead in the Oakley
Pro Jr series, with the second of three stops happening next in Brazil
. Cathels had originally planned to head to California
for the O'neill Coldwater Classic in two weeks, but now that he sits in the pole position, he will be reconsidering his plans.
"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."
For Cathels, skipping a Prime event for a Jr isn't as odd as it may sound.
With surfing's compeitive structure leaning more towards aerials these days, we are going to start seeing these junior competitions carrying more weight. Due to sheer physical size, grommets are mastering air reo's much sooner than a trademark hack, and now that you can win a WCT
event with airs, these Juniors just got a lot more relevant. Much like skateboarding, where you see Chaz Ortiz
and Nyjah Houston
being considered the best street skater on earth before he can legally buy porn and cigarettes, surfing's elite level may be opening its doors to younger generations of acrobatic man-boys. Gabriel Medina
, Miguel Pupo
, the movement has already begun...
WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN'S FINAL RESULT:
Davey Cathels (AUS) 18.03 def. Andrew Doheny (USA) 17.10
WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN'S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Davey Cathels (AUS) 16.33 def. Garrett Parkes (AUS) 13.20
HEAT 2: Andrew Doheny (USA) 15.37 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 14.73
WORLD PRO JUNIOR MEN'S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Davey Cathels (AUS) 14.60 def. Vasco Ribeiro
HEAT 2: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 14.97 def. Eziekel Lau (HAW) 12.34
HEAT 3: Conner Coffin (USA) 15.60 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 13.96
HEAT 4: Andrew Doheny (USA) 17.16 def. Caio Ibelli
Given all the Dane Reynolds hype of late it's easy to understand how Daneofilia (DANE-oh-FEEL -yah) is now infecting a wide swath of today's young surfing prodigies. Some doctors describe the disease as a virulent strain of languorous behavior, others refer to it as syndrome more commonly known as the fuck-its.
Notable young talents (especially those residing along the surf-industry-laden California
coast) run the highest risks of contracting this virus, but the symptoms..
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