|Jinzun Harbour, Taitung/Taiwan (Wednesday, December 5, 2018) – After a lull in waves forced competition to stop midway through Round 2 yesterday, the 2018 Taiwan Open World Junior Championships has re-commenced and completed the last 4 heats of Men’s Round 2. Jinzun Harbour was semi clean 2-to-4 foot with cross-shore winds.
South African Luke Slijpen (ZAF) had his work cut out for him in Heat 10 of Round 2 when he came up against Hawaiian prodigy Eli Hanneman (HAW). The cross-shore winds and right-hand ramps on offer looked perfect for Hanneman’s notorious aerial game but it failed to fire. Instead, Slijpen took to the air to lock in an early lead then picked off a couple of long lefts to consolidate. Hanneman was always on the hunt but was unable to find a wave that offered him that perfect section and was eliminated in equal 25th place while Slijpen progresses into Round 3.
“I felt really good going into that heat,” Slijpen said. “After Round 1 I was a little bit unsure of how I was surfing and going into the heat I just relaxed and thought things through and it definitely helped my confidence. It’s been so good here in Taiwan, we have a big crew from South Africa and we’re all drawing from each others energy which is cool.”
Peruvian Johnny Guerrero (PER) was channelling some of the left points his homeland is famous for, smashing backhand hits to take his Round 2 heat over Eli Beukes (ZAF). Guerrero is one of a number of Peruvian representatives at this year’s World Juniors and is proud to do his compatriots proud and hopes to continue his run in Round 3 when he takes on Tyler Gunter (USA)
“Although it was a bit windy in that heat the lefts are still clean on the face,” Guerrero said. “This is a really fun location for an event, the waves haven’t stopped since I’ve been here. It’s cool that there are a few Peruvian surfers in this contest, everyone can push each other. I’d love to see a Peruvian on the Championship Tour soon.
Crosby Colapinto (USA) found protection from the winds on the long lefthanders at Jinzun Harbour, posting his two-wave total of 12.80 on his backhand. The brother of 2018 CT Rookie Griffin Colapinto, Crosby has been finding inspiration in his brother’s competitive run in Hawaii.
“It’s pretty cool we’re both surfing big events at the same time,” Colapinto said. “We’ve been talking on the phone and watching each other’s heats, which has been fun. This place reminds me a lot of home (San Clemente, California) with similar waves and a similar climate so I’ve been enjoying it. The lefts were kind of out of the wind a bit so I just focussed on catching them and it worked well so I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on them if this wind continues.”
Earlier in the day, Hawaii’s Cole Alves (HAW)
overcame Germany’s Lenni Jensen (GER)
in Heat 9 of round 3. Alves posted a two-wave total of 12.83 to claim the 30-minute match-up.
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Taiwan Open World Junior Championships Remaining Men’s Rounds Round 2 Results
Heat 9: Cole Alves (HAW) 12.83 DEF. Lenni Jensen (DEU) 8.53
Heat 10: Luke Slijpen (ZAF) 11.83 DEF. Eli Hanneman (HAW) 9.50
Heat 11: Jhonny Guerrero (PER) 13.60 DEF. Eli Beukes (ZAF) 10.37
Heat 12: Crosby Colapinto (USA) 12.80 DEF. Makana Pang (HAW) 7.76
Taiwan Open World Junior Championships Remaining Men’s Rounds Round 3 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Samuel Pupo (BRA) vs. Tiago Carrique (FRA)
Heat 2: Kauli Vaast (FRA) vs. Justin Becret (FRA)
Heat 3: Eithan Osborne (USA) vs. Crosby Colapinto (USA)
Heat 4: Cole Houshmand (USA) vs. Cole Alves (HAW)
Heat 5: Te Kehukehu Butler (NZL) vs. Kade Matson (USA)
Heat 6: Joh Azuchi (JPN) vs. Marco Mignot (FRA)
Heat 7: Yuji Nishi (JPN) vs. Dextar Muskens (AUS)
Heat 8: Callum Robson (AUS) vs. Eduardo Motta (BRA)
Heat 9: Rio Waida (IDN) vs. Luke Slijpen (ZAF)
Heat 10: Tyler Gunter (USA) vs. Jhonny Guerrero (PER)
Heat 11: I Ketut Aditya (IDN) vs. Caleb Tancred (AUS)
Heat 12: Mateus Herdy (BRA) vs. Luke Thompson (ZAF)