Oh, so close.
Andrew Doheny of Newport Beach barely missed out on what would have been the biggest win of his young surfing career, losing in the final heat Tuesday at the Oakley World Pro Junior off the black sand beach in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia.
As it is, the second-place finish is still a huge success for Doheny, who turns 19 next week. The Oakley World Pro Junior was the first of three events on the ASP World Junior Tour, with the next tour stop coming later this month in Rio de Janeiro. The final stop that will determine the World Junior Tour champion will take place in January in Sydney.
Doheny was one of only six surfers from the North American region — out of only six regions worldwide — to qualify for the World Junior Tour, and his second-place finish puts him in good position for a possible World Junior title.