Brazil rules waves in junior comp
BRAZIL stamped its authority as this year's premier pro junior nation with its second crown from as many events in 2011.
When Hurley Pro Junior champion Peterson Crisanto reached his second consecutive final on Saturday, he looked odds-on to register back-to-back wins.
However, compatriot Krystian Kymerson had other ideas and with a combined two-wave heat total of 13.85 (out of 20), comfortably took top honours at the Oakley Pro Junior at North Stradbroke Island.
In the man-on-man decider, Kymerson shot to an early lead against Crisanto before completely shutting the gate midway through the final.
Kymerson wowed onlookers in the final as he linked his signature ‘KK Flight', a technical aerial manoeuvre he invented, with multiple turns to register a 7.10 (out of 10).
In reply, Crisanto could only manage a two-wave total of 11, gifting his countryman $6000 to go with the three surfboards he won for taking out the expression session.
“I'm so happy, I love Australia and I'm so happy to win in these great waves,” Kymerson said.
“It was great for Brazil to see Peterson win at Burleigh last week and for me to win here.”
The Brazilian one-two could easily have been Australia's until Crisanto wiped out Byron Bay's Garret Parkes and Kymerson eliminated Port Macquarie's Matt Banting in the semi-finals.
North Stradbroke surfer Tim Macdonald also did the locals proud, reaching the quarter-finals of the five-star ASP event.