Kaua‘i’s Sebastian Zietz muscled his way into Round 3 of the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge championships yesterday in Bali, Indonesia.
The high performance wave of Keramas roared back to life, serving up epic 4- to 6-foot barrelling reef break waves for Round 3.
After competition was halted for two days due to poor surfing conditions, the inaugural U.S. $75,000 tournament got back on track with the world’s top juniors aged 20-years and under going head-to-head in the race for the planet’s richest-ever pro junior prize purse.
Japanese surfer Kaito Ohashi showed some mettle, overcoming Zietz and local Indonesian Yuki Seedwell in their low-scoring Round 2 confrontation.
With a Round 3 birth on the line, Ohashi netted a 5.17 before traveling through a cavernous barrel to land a heat high 8.00.
Ohashi finishing in the lead with 13.17 points to Zietz’s 11.90. Both surfers will now progress through to round three, with Seedwell being eliminated from the prestigious junior event.