North Stradbroke Island, Queensland (Sunday 5th February, 2012) - PETERSON Crisanto (Brazil) has taken out the 2012 5-Star, AUD$30,000 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Oakley Pro Junior in thrilling fashion defeating reigning Junior Series champion Thomas Woods (Burleigh Heads, Qld).
Epic one-metre, right-hand pointbreak waves again rolled through North Stradbroke Island?s Cylinders Beach, as last year?s event runner-up Crisanto went one better in 2012, winning a nail-biting 30-minute decider.
Crisanto now has a 2-0 lead over Woods in ASP Australasia Pro Junior finals, with the flying Brazilian also edging out the Australian in last year?s final of the 2011 Burleigh Heads Pro Junior ? Reinforcing a Crisanto-Woods rivalry, which could well and truly culminate on the elite ASP Men?s World Tour in years to come.
In today?s final, Crisanto posted a combined two-wave heat total of 12.50 points (out of possible 20), including a crucial 4.00 ride on his last wave to snatch victory from Woods (12.25) in the final minute of the heat.
New South Wales Central Coast pairing Wade Carmichael (Avoca, NSW) and Jake Sylvester (Newcastle, NSW) both placed equal third overall, bowing out to Crisanto and Woods respectively in the semi-final round.
Matt Banting (Port Macquarie, NSW) and local 13-year-old rising star Ethan Ewing shared the honours during the JS Tractor Big Boost expressions sessions, which saw 12 hand-picked competitors (four locals, four Australians and four international competitors) compete for three brand new custom JS surfboards.
Running from February 1-5 and held in the varying breaks surrounding the island paradise, the Oakley Pro Junior is the third stop on the prestigious ASP Australasia Pro Junior Men?s tour.
The Oakley Pro Junior is proudly supported by Oakley, JS Surfboards, ASP Australasia, Surfing Queensland and Redland City Council.