Haakenson: Doheny shines in Bali

Joe Surf

October 18, 2012|By Joe Haakenson

It was one year ago this week that Andrew Doheny reached the final heat of the Assn. of Surfing Professionals' World Junior Championships in Bali, Indonesia, finishing in second place in what was considered a breakthrough performance by the Newport Beach teen.

Last year's event in Bali was the first of three contests in the World Junior Championship Tour, but this year the World Junior Championship was condensed to one contest, and Doheny again got into position to win the title.

Doheny advanced through Round 1 despite a sub-par performance by placing second in his three-man heat, setting him for a Round 2 matchup against Brazil's Luan Carvalho.


But Doheny found his groove in Round 2 with a big performance, thanks to his ability to unleash a combination of moves on a single wave. He beat Carvalho, 15.00 to 5.30.

"The level of surfing at this event is so high," Doheny told "I get nervous because everyone is so good. I was off my game in the first round, so it feels good to come back and have a good heat. I'm loving being in Bali, there's a lot of good rights and the people, food and everything are great."

Doheny was matched up against Hawaii's Koa Smith in Round 3 and again came up big, outscoring Smith 16.26 to 8.47.

In Round 4, Doheny edged out Hawaiian Keanu Asing, 15.57 to 13.10.

"That heat was gnarly," Doheny said. "I knew that Keanu is good with heat tactics and stuff, so my plan was to try and get the first good wave of the heat and it must have worked. I came second here last year and I want to do as good, if not better because this is my last year in the juniors."

The World Junior Tour is for surfers under 20, and Doheny is 19. With one more chance for a Junior crown, he next faced Cooper Chapman of Australia in the quarterfinals.

Doheny won, 14.77 to 12.67, putting him in the semifinals against Ezekiel Lau of Hawaii. But Doheny ran out of magic, losing to Lau in the semis, 15.20 to 7.50.

"I thought I'd be bummed," Doheny said. "But I'm actually really stoked! Even though I finished second here last year, I didn't expect to get as high as third this year. Ezekiel did what I like to do, he caught a bunch of waves and got into rhythm."

Jack Freestone beat Lau in the final heat to win the World Junior Championship, Doheny finishing equal third. Next up for Doheny is his attempt to join the ASP World Championship Tour.


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