Coco Ho Wins Oakley World Pro Junior Bali


Coco Ho

Coco Ho Wins Oakley World Pro Junior Bali

CANGGU, Bali/Indonesia (Monday, 10 October, 2011) – Coco Ho (HAW) won the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali in a hard fought Final over Dimity Stoyle (AUS). The women were rubbing their hands together with delight when they were sent out in the clean 3 – 4 foot (1.5 – 2 meters) surf at Echo Beach, Canggu today. There was plenty of impressive performances throughout the Quraterfinals, Semifinals and Final, but in the end it was Coco Ho who was the last woman standing.

Coco Ho (HAW) took down Dimity Stoyle (AUS) the Final between the two standout surfers of the 2011 Oakley World Pro Junior Bali. 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.”

Coco Ho's winning form. Photo: Hennings

Coco's winning form. Photo: Hennings

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.”

Dimity Stoyle (AUS) missed out on qualifying for next year’s ASP Women’s World Title Race by a mere 400 points. But the young Australian today proved she can stick it to the best, throwing down some solid manoeuvres in the Final.

“I’m so happy!” Stoyle said. “This is my first year on the ASP World Junior Tour and I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve always watched it online and the girls surf so good, so to get 2nd at my first event I’m over the moon. I knew I was against Coco (Ho) so I just wanted to surf my best, but she got all the good waves.”

Joanne Defay (FRA) took down fellow Frenchwoman Maude Le Car (FRA) in Round 3 and Felicity Palmateer (AUS) in the Quarterfinals, but couldn’t get past Coco Ho (HAW) in the Semis.

“I’m very happy, but I got 3rd at the ASP World Juniors 2 years ago and I was hoping to do better here,” Defay said. “I’m going to Brazil and it’s going to be a hard competition again, but I’m excited. ”

Alessa Quizon (HAW) was dispatched by Dimity Stoyle (AUS), in a tight battle that ended with less than half a point difference. Quizon was the last goofy-footer standing in the event as the right-foot-forward surfers struggled in the tricky right-handers at Canggu. Quizon finished equal 3rd place and banks 6500 ASP World Junior Tour ratings points.

“I feel kind of bummed, but it’s the best result I’ve had in a long time,” Quizon said. “I feel like I surfed well and it was so close, but I’m not good at the whole priority thing as I haven’t surfed with it much. It’s also super-hard for goofy-footers out there, the wave comes right at you making it hard to hit the lip.”

Nao Omura (JPN) was defeated in Quarterfinal 2 by Hawaiian Alessa Quizon (HAW). Omura surfed solid all event, posting some big scores and takes home an equal 5th place finish and 5250 ratings points towards her ASP World Junior Title campaign.

“I’m very happy to make it to the Quarterfinals,” Omura said. “But I would to have loved to make it into the Semis. Alessa (Quizon) caught the best sets and surfed really well. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting another good result in Brazil.”

A call will be made at Canggu at 6:30am for a possible 7am start to the Men’s Quarterfinals.

The Oakley World Pro Junior Bali will run from October 3 – 14. Watch the LIVE webcast and event videos at www.oakleyprojunior.com

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Coco Ho. Photo: ASP

Coco Ho. Photo: ASP

OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S FINAL RESULT:
Coco Ho (HAW) 15.67 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 12.84

OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

HEAT 1: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 15.03 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.66
HEAT 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.60 def. Joanne Defay (FRA) 10.67

OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 16.33 def. Sarah Mason (NZL) 10.57
HEAT 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 15.83 def. Nao Omura (JPN) 8.07
HEAT 3: Joanne Defay (FRA) 14.73 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 10.83
HEAT 4: Coco Ho (HAW) 17.00 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 14.43

REMAINING OAKLEY WORLD PRO JUNIOR WOMEN’S ROUND 3 RESULTS:
HEAT 5: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 14.40 def. Lani Doherty (HAW) 11.17
HEAT 6: Joanne Defay (FRA) 16.00 def. Maude Le Car (FRA) 7.66
HEAT 7: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 17.20 def. Quincy Davis (USA) 9.67
HEAT 8: Coco Ho (HAW) def. Ren Hashimoto (JPN) (Hashimoto had to withdraw due to illness.)