Parkes misses out in World Pro

Garrett Parkes.
Garrett Parkes.

BYRON Bay surfer Garrett Parkes finished equal third in the prestigious Oakley World Pro Junior Bali yesterday.

Parkes was knocked out in the semi-final by fellow Australian Davey Cathels who then went on to defeat American Andrew Doheny in the decider.

Parkes went wave for wave with Cathels before the ocean went flat for the last 10 minutes of the heat.

Cheering him up was the US$5000 he went home with and the 6500 World Junior Tour ratings points.

"It's a good comeback for me after having such a bad year last year," Parkes said. "I can't complain. It's just a bummer there was no waves at the end there.

"The heat before us had about a thousand waves, so I was keen to get out there and get a couple, but Davey (Cathels) got the good ones and then the waves stopped, but that happens sometimes."

Stop No. 1 of 3 on the ASP World Junior Tour, the Oakley World Pro Junior plays a vital role in determining the ASP World Junior Champions.

The final had the crowd on the black sand beach on their feet as the two surfers battled it out in a flurry of sets, carving and slashing the long rippable right-handers.

It was Cathels who stood up and snatched the win, gouging a couple of monster turns and launching into massive lien air to score a 9.63 (out of a possible 10) and shutting the door on Doheny's hopes.

Cathels takes the event win, US$25,000 and the lead in the ASP World Junior Title Race with 10,000 ratings points.

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