SHONAN BEACH, Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan (Saturday, July 14th, 2012) ? The sixth day of the Murasaki Shonan Open ASP 5-Star Pro Junior waiting period returned to action today and surfers took on two-to-three foot (.5 metre) waves at Kugenuma Beach.
While the day began with amateur competition it culminated in exciting fashion, deciding the women?s Quarterfinals and the Junior Men?s Final.
In the girl?s event Nao Omura, Minami Takechi, Reika Noro, and Asako Mizuno move to the semifinals. Kaito Ohashi topped Reo Kanao in the first Semifinal while Hiroto Arai took down Arashi Kato to advance in Semifinal No. 2.
Arai was able to defeat Ohashi in a close final of 12.90 to 12.70 to claim the Murasaki Shonan Pro Junior and was excited about his win.
?Thank you very much everybody,? Arai said. ?I knew Ohashi was a tough opponent so I had to charge from the beginning. He is so tough and I knew he could come back at the last second. I would like to thank all the sponsors,
my family and friends, team mates, and the Kugenuma locals and all the staffs for creating a great event. I am so happy now.?
MURASAKI PRESENTS SHONAN OPEN 2012?PRO JUNIOR 5 STAR ?FINAL RESULTS?
1st, 2,000Pts, U$6,000?HIROTO ARAI
2nd, 1,500Pts, U$3,000?KAITO OHASHI
3rd, 1,125Pts, U$2,000?REO KANAO, ARASHI KATO