Bali is where the pros surf

The Oakley World Pro Junior surfing competition will take place in Bali, Indonesia for 12 days during October.

After a series of regional qualifying events, including one in Bali just a couple of weeks ago in August, the cream of the crop in both male and female surfers under 21 will return to surf Bali’s legendary waves for glory and big cash prizes.

From EIN News:

To be held between October 3rd and 14th at Keramas Beach, the event will see six young men and two women compete for a cash prize of $75,000 (GBP45,800), one of the largest paydays available to those in this age group.

Included in the lineup for the Oakley World Pro Juniors in Bali is 17-year old Californian standout Kolohe Andino, who recently won the 2011 ASP North America Pro Junior Series Title at the 4-Star Coastal Edge Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior contests in Virginia Beach.

Kolohe Andino; photo by Pedro Szekely (szeke on Flickr CC)

Part of the 49th Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships, the Virginia Beach competitions were under pressure from the approaching Hurricane Irene, which subsequently tore up the East Coast of the United States.

From ESPN Action Sports:

As of Friday, Andino sat at 47th on the Men’s World Ranking (WR) list. He will enter as the highest-ranked North American surfer in Bali, but not because of his Stateside championship. “The North American Junior Title is more prestigious than anything else,” explained Bobby Shadley, regional media officer for ASP North America. That’s because junior surfers like Andino who also compete in men’s events earn points in the WR system.

For more on the competition check out the Oakley Pro Juniors website.

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