Stephanie Gilmore of Australia wins the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Image © ASP/Kelly Cestari

Gabriel Medina and Stephanie Gilmore Reign Supreme at the 2014 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast

Stephanie Gilmore of Australia wins the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Image © ASP/Kelly CestariPictured above: Stephanie Gilmore of Australia wins the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP/Kelly Cestari

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Stop No. 1 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour

COOLANGATTA, QLD, Australia – Tuesday, March 11, 2014: A thrilling finals day at Snapper Rocks saw Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) crowned Champions of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, stop No. 1 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour.

Brazilian Gabriel Medina’s historic triumph makes him the first Brazilian and only the second goofy-footer ever to win the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Medina beat 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast runner-up Joel Parkinson (AUS) in a nail-biting Final and maintained his trend of come-from-behind victories in the final minutes. Medina previously dispatched reigning three-time World Champion, Mick Fanning, in the Quarterfinals and multiple Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Champion, Taj Burrow, in the Semifinals.

“It’s an honor to win this event,” said Medina. “This is the hardest event of the whole Tour and I feel like all the best surfers in the world, Mick (Fanning), Parko (Joel Parkinson) and Taj (Burrow), have won it. It’s been a dream to win since I was a grommet. I’ve been watching those guys on videos and reading about them in magazines. Today I had the opportunity to compete against them and I couldn’t let this chance go. It’s weird, it’s really weird, but it feels so good.”

“Second two years in a row is heartbreaking, but on the other hand it’s still a great start to the year,” Parkinson said. “I said the other day that World Titles aren’t won or lost at the first event. If I didn’t have a shocker at Bells last year I would have been right in the Title race, so hopefully I can improve on that this year. Gabriel (Medina) is a huge talent, he deserves the win and has been on fire today so congrats to him.”

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), five-time ASP Women’s World Champion, today claimed her fifth Roxy Pro Gold Coast event title, with a sensational performance. Gilmore dispatched reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Semifinals and went on to take down South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag in the Final. It was Buitendag’s first ASP WCT Final appearance, but it was Gilmore’s day, with the local lass peaking when it counted with her unique brand of powerful and beautiful surfing helping her post excellent scores all day.

“I haven’t felt this feeling in a while,” said Gilmore. “It’s the best feeling in the world to have all your friends and family around and hi-five everyone. I paddled up to Joel (Parkinson) before my heat to get some of his good vibes because he kept getting so many great barrels. From the beginning of the heat I had it in my head that it’s only 30 minutes and I only had to catch two good waves and just have fun. So that’s what I did. Winning the heat against Carissa was such a big confidence booster for me. It’s going to be a long hard year but I’ll do as much as I can to try and win the Title.”

“I’m so overwhelmed by this experience. It’s a first time for me and I didn’t quite know what to expect,” said Buitendag. “It’s a bit like a dream for me. I’m giving my prize money to charity. We are so lucky and we have so much already. It goes along way.”

Mick Fanning (AUS), reigning three-time ASP World Champion was eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Gabriel Medina (BRA) in an exciting goofy verse regular match-up. Fanning took an early lead and looked as though he was destined for the Semifinals, but Medina had other plans, stealing the momentum of the heat and a Semifinal match-up against Taj Burrow (AUS) with an excellent 9.40 (out of a possible 10).

“I knew the wave he got was going to be a good one and I was out of position so I just had to sit and wait to see what he scored,” Fanning said. “All credit to him (Gabriel Medina) even if you get a great wave, you still have to surf it to get big scores. It’s a lot harder out in the water than it looks from the sand. That’s the way it was and I just have to look at what I did wrong and learn and move on.”

Reigning ASP Women’s World Champion, Carissa Moore (HAW) was eliminated in the first Semifinal of Roxy Pro Gold Coast by event Champion, Stephanie Gilmore. The highly anticipated heat was a clash of the titans, with a collective seven ASP Women’s World Titles in the water. The local hero eliminated Moore who, up until today, was the form surfer of the event. Moore leaves the event with an equal third place finish.

“I’m going to have to go away and look at what went wrong,” Moore said. “I’ve had such a great event and I was feeling really good but it just didn’t go my way today. I’m going home disappointed, but I lost in the Semifinals last year and still won the ASP World Title so I’m positive about the year ahead.”

Kelly Slater (USA), 11-time ASP World Champion and last year’s Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast champion was eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Adriano De Souza (BRA). Before today’s clash the pair had met 16 times in ASP WCT history, with Slater holding the advantage with 11 wins. Despite being behind on wins, De Souza’s effort today makes it five wins in a row against Slater who exited the event with an equal fifth place finish.

“It was frustrating because I fell on a couple of waves,” Slater said. “Adriano (De Souza) was on the better end of being in sync with the sets, it seemed like the better waves always came when he had priority. I probably could have been more patient. You don’t know out there because you catch a wave and hope it builds down the line. I never really felt on today, I was pretty tired after that heat. A bit of a lapse in concentration for me.”

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Final Results:
Final: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.33 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.27

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Final Results:
Final: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.80 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.47

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.13 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.10
Semifinal 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.70 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.67

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.40
Semifinal 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.90 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.50

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Results:
Quarterfinal 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.00 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.46
Quarterfinal 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.83 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.00
Quarterfinal 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.53 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 12.17
Quarterfinal 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.93 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.26

Gabriel Medina of Brazil wins 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Image © ASP/Kelly CestariPictured above: Gabriel Medina of Brazil wins the 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP/Kelly Cestari

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ASP Top Surfers Determined for 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour

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ASP Top 17 Surfers Determined for 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, reigning five-time ASP Women's World Champion, welcomes the 2013 ASP Top 17 to the elite level of competition.  Photo: © ASP

COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Monday, October 1, 2012) – With the culmination of the women’s qualifying season, ending with the ASP 6-Star SATA Airlines Azores Pro last weekend, the ASP Top 17 have been confirmed for 2013.

The 2013 ASP Top 17 will be comprised of the top 10 finishers on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings, the next six finishers from ASP Women’s World Rankings and the ASP Wildcard.

The 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, won by now-reigning five-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, and ending in August at the Nike US Open of Surfing, ranked surfers based off their best six results from seven events.

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS FROM 2012 ASP WOMEN’S WCT RANKINGS:
– Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
– Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
– Carissa Moore (HAW)
– Tyler Wright (AUS)
– Courtney Conlogue (USA)
– Malia Manuel (HAW)
– Lakey Peterson (USA)
– Laura Enever (AUS)
– Coco Ho (HAW)
– Paige Hareb (NZL)

Full 2012 ASP Women’s WCT rankings can be found HERE

The ASP Women’s World Rankings rate surfers based on their top five results for the 2012 season from all ASP Star events.

TOP 6 QUALIFIERS FROM ASP WOMEN’S WORLD RANKING:
– Sage Erickson (USA)
– Bianca Buitentag (ZAF)
– Pauline Ado (FRA)
– Rebecca Woods (AUS)
– Alana Blanchard (HAW)
– Sofia Mulanovich (PER)

Full ASP Women’s World Rankings can be found HERE

The final position for the ASP Top 17 will be the ASP Wildcard, to be determined in the coming weeks.

The 2013 will first contest one another at the season-opening Roxy Pro Gold Coast next February.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com


World’s Best Female Surfers Light Up Manly Beach at the Australian Open of Surfing Presented by Hurley & Billabong

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Laura Enever is off to a flying start at the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly scoring two excellent rides of a 9.1 and an 8.5 in her opening round heat win today. Photo © ASP/Dunbar
Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW/AUS) is off to a flying start at the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly scoring two excellent rides of a 9.1 and an 8.5 in her opening round heat win today. © ASP/Dunbar





World’s Best Female Surfers Light Up Manly Beach at the Australian Open Of Surfing

MANLY, NSW/Australia (Monday, 13 February, 2012) – Today the Australian Open Of Surfing at Manly Beach presented by Hurley and Billabong saw the world’s best female surfers hit the water and put on an impressive show for the revellers on the beach and online. With critical points and prize money on offer the competition was fierce for the opening round of the women’s ASP 6-Star division.

Laura Enever (AUS), the Sydney Northern Beaches local showed that a six month break from competition hasn’t slowed her down, posting a massive 17.60 (out of a possible 20) in her opening heat of 2012. Enever finished 10th in the world in her rookie year competing for the ASP Women’s World Title last year, and has been working hard in the off season to improve on that for 2012.

“These are the best waves I’ve ever had at Manly!” Enever said. “It’s been a long time since my last heat last year, so I started to prepare early this year because I remember how fast it all goes. I guess that preparation has paid off because I felt good, I had a clear mind and felt like I was surfing well, so I’m stoked to start the year off that way. It’s also great to have the hometown support with friends and family here on the beach.”

Lakey Peterson (USA) went from 4th place to first in the last 5 minutes of her opening round heat at the ASP Women’s 6-Star Australian Open Of Surfing today, thanks to two impressive rides. This was Peterson’s first heat since her Runner-Up finish at the US Open in August last year.

“This is actually where I leant to surf when I was 5-years-old at Manly Surf school,” Peterson said. “I love coming back here because it’s where I stood up on my first wave and it brings back great memories. That heat was scary, I was never in the right spot, but I’m stoked to get the score. I’m just hoping I’ve had my bad start, and that it’s all up from here.”

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), runner-up to the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title was on point for her first heat of 2012. Surfing with an injured left wrist didn’t hamper her performance, as she posted the highest heat total of the day – 17.83 (out of a possible 20).

“It’s great to be here in Sydney for the Australian Open!” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in the water because of my wrist, so it’s great to be getting back into it. This is a great warm-up for the first ASP Women’s World Title event on the Gold Coast. The wrist is feeling good, I’ve got a little guard on it to help stand-up and duck dive. It’s mending slowly and I’m expecting that it should be alright by the Roxy Pro.”

Coco Ho (HAW) used her powerful and stylish approach to claim an easy win in her opening heat at the Australian Open Of Surfing today. Ho is excited to be back in Australian for the start of the 2012 ASP World Tour leg.

“It feels amazing to be here and have our first event of the year be one of this magnitude, it’s huge!” Ho said. “I’m so excited for this first event, my adrenaline is going and I’m psyched for the whole year. I’m lucky that during the downtime a lot at the action was at home in Hawaii, I also took some time off to go snowboarding. But since then I’ve been training and working hard to get ready for 2012.”

Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) caused the upset of the day eliminating Tyler Wright (AUS), 2011 ASP Women’s Rookie Of The Year Tyler Wright. Buitendag scoured the line-up and found the best waves of the heat and surfed smooth and sharp.

“The conditions were quite tricky in that heat,” Buitendag said. “The tide is really high right now, the waves looked great earlier, but they’re a bit of a gamble at the moment. This is my first year competing after finishing school and I’m looking forward to just surfing my brains out and trying to get some good results.”

Bethany Hamilton (Kauai, Hawaii) was eliminated in a tight heat this morning. Hamilton surfed strong, but was out of sync with the ocean and was unable to find the waves that offered the most scoring potential.

Tomorrow the Australian Open Of Surfing will see the start of the Men’s ASP 6-Star rated event and will also feature skating competitions and demos, music concerts, athlete signing sessions and much more. The event is free for the public to view in person and live on the internet via australianopenofsurfing.com

IMPORTANT EVENT INFO

The cigarette and alcohol-free event is expected to welcome more than 100,000 people to Manly, the location of the very first World Surfing Championships in 1964 and the first Australian beach to legalise day-time swimming in 1904.

Destination NSW, along with major event partners Hurley and Billabong, expect the Australian Open of Surfing to inject more than $6 million into the local community.

The Australian Open of Surfing is made possible with the support of the following event partners: Destination NSW, Events NSW, Manly Council, Sony, Blackberry, Monster Energy, Fuel TV, Channel [V], The Manly Daily, Surfing World, Reef, Skullcandy, ASP Australasia and Surfing NSW.


The Women Step Up At The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast

Sarah Baum, Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast. Surf photo © ASP/Dunbar
Sarah Baum (ZAF) was the day’s standout, top scoring with the day’s highest heat total of 18.53 (out of 20.00) Photo: ©ASP/Dunbar


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The Women Step Up At The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast

[frame_left src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/burleigh0306BWJ12kirstin-150x98.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/burleigh0306BWJ12kirstin.jpg"]Burleigh Heads ©ASP/Kirstin[/frame_left]BURLEIGH HEADS, Queensland/Australia (Sunday, 22 January, 2012) – Today saw a slight decrease in swell size at Burleigh Heads for Day 2 of the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast, and the call was made to run Rounds 1 and 2 of the Women’s event. The women went for it in the fun 2 foot (1 meter) surf, putting on a good show for the hundreds of onlookers lining the Burleigh Headland.

Sarah Baum (ZAF) was the talk of the town today after starring in the last heat of Round 1. The young lady from Durban, South Africa used her powerful backhand attack to post the highest heat total of the event thus far – 18.53 (out of a possible 20).

“I surf rights most of the time so I’ve got a strong backhand,” Baum said. “I also think this wave is easy to surf on your backhand because you can get right in the pocket. I was nervous going into this event, but now I’m feeling confident after that 9.93 (out of a possible 10). I was so excited when I paddled into that wave and saw it double up, it allowed me to do a big fins-free turn and that set me up for a great wave.”

[frame_right src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/mason_s9723BWJ11dunbar-150x100.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/mason_s9723BWJ11dunbar.jpg"]Sarah Mason ©ASP/Dunbar[/frame_right]Sarah Mason (New Zealand) was another goofy-footer to put on a dominant Round 1 performance where she scored a massive heat total of 17.96 (out of a possible 20).

“It’s awesome surfing at Burleigh with only a couple of girls out!” Mason said. “I live on the Gold Coast, but I haven’t surfed Burleigh in a long time, so it’s good to get some nice waves out here. There was some long waits for waves, so you had to make the most of it when they did come through. I watched Matt Lewis-Hewitt’s heat online yesterday, it was great to see another Kiwi do well, I’m stoked we both got through.”

Alessa Quizon (HAW) used her sharp backhand attack to post some big scores today and skipped Round 2, advancing directly into Round 3. Quizon defeated Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Philippa Anderson (AUS) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

“I was out there just trying to focus on myself and not worry about the others,” Quizon said. “I live at Makaha on the west side of Oahu and there’s pretty much only rights, so I get to practice on my backhand all the time, so I feel really comfortable out there.”

Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) who recently relocated from Crescent Head, NSW to the Gold Coast, put her pointbreak experience to good use today after taking out her Round 1 duel with her younger sister Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) and current ASP Women’s World Junior ratings leader Joanne Defay (FRA).

“It’s good to surf against my sister, but it’s also nerve racking because if she beat me she’d never let me live it down,” Ellie-Jean Coffey said. “I’m so thankful to Billabong for giving me the wildcard into this event, I’ve got no pressure and nothing to lose, but everything to gain.”

[frame_left src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/hurst9920BWJ11kirstin-300x192.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/hurst9920BWJ11kirstin.jpg"]Leila Hurst ©ASP/Kirstin[/frame_left]Leila Hurst (HAW) is currently 2nd on the ASP Women’s World Junior ratings and is looking for a solid result here at the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast to help her claim the ASP Women’s World Junior title.

“I feel like I’ve got a bit of pressure on me at the moment, but I’m trying to keep it under control and have fun,” Hurst said. “I’ve had a lot of trouble getting waves out here over the past few days, but after spending some time in the lineup I feel like I know where to sit to get the good ones now, so that helped.”

Dimity Stoyle (AUS) put on a show for the Sunday crowd at Burleigh Heads today, catching 13 waves and posting some scores in the excellent range courtesy of her smooth style.

“I was having so much fun in that heat!” Stoyle said. “It’s only small, but it’s really good. I just caught so many waves because it’s so hard to get waves freesurfing out here. I live on the Sunshine Coast, but feel at home down here on the Gold Coast because I come down a lot to visit my grandparents a lot.”

The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast will be webcast live via www.billabongpro.com

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST WOMEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Sarah Mason (NZL) 17.96, Nage Melamed (HAW) 12.73, Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 8.67
Heat 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 15.27, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.44, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.33
Heat 3: Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 12.83, Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) 12.03, Joanne Defay (FRA) 7.57
Heat 4: Leila Hurst (HAW) 14.73, Eden Putland (AUS) 8.00, Maud Le Car (FRA) 7.97
Heat 5: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 17.23, Nao Omura (JPN) 8.07, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 6.33
Heat 6: Sarah Baum (ZAF) 18.53, Quincy Davis (USA) 13.43, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 10.50

BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST WOMEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Maud Le Car (FRA) 11.90, Joanne Defay (FRA) 9.76, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 7.13
Heat 2: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 13.76, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 12.33 Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 6.17

The Billabong World Junior Championship is supported by the Queensland Government, through Events Queensland.

The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast is brought to you by Monster Energy Drink, Sony, Events QLD, Sony Ericsson, VonZipper, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, ASL magazine and Burleigh Boardriders.

Arnaud Takes ASP Women’s World Junior Title in Billabong ASP World Junior Championships

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January 8 – 16, 2011

Alizee Arnaud became the third French and European to win an ASP World Junior title last night in the Billabong ASP Women's World Junior Championships. Photo by ASP / Kirstin.
Alizee Arnaud (Hossegor, FRA), 20, became the third French and European to win an ASP World Junior title last night when she placed equal 3rd in the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships at North Narabeen, Sydney, Australia. Wearing the red singlet on the left is Justine Dupont (Lacanau, FRA), 18, runner-up in the event. Photo credit: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz.

Arnaud Takes ASP Women’s World Junior Title, Dupont Shines with Runner-up Finish in Billabong ASP World Junior Championships

CAPBRETON, France (Tuesday, January 11, 2011) – Alizee Arnaud (Hossegor, FRA), 20, has won the ASP Women’s World Junior title at North Narabeen, Sydney, Australia, after placing 3rd in the event and her closest rival defending champion Laura Enever (News South Wales, AUS) losing in the Semifinals of the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships.

Placing equal 3rd in the event after losing to event winner South African standout Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Alizee Arnaud proved to be the most consistent surfer on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Junior Tour, netting a runner-up finish in event number one in Bali last October before making her way through to the Semifinals of the final event.

“I’m so happy,” Arnaud said. “This is what I’ve wanted since the beginning. Since I was 10 years old I’ve wanted to be World Champion and to do it in my last event as a Junior, what a feeling.”

In her last appearance in the Under-21 division, Arnaud was in excellent form throughout the year training hard to get back to her best after suffering an injury in May/June last year. Finding her way up to an overall ASP European Women’s Junior No. 2 rank and qualfying for the elite ASP Women’s World Junior Tour, the talented athlete was able to unleash her progressive fast assaults to grab her career most brilliant title.

“Entering Bali, I was sure I could get a result because those are the waves I like,” Arnaud said. “I knew it was going to be hard coming here to Narrabeen, because I don’t usually do well in these conditions. This is my best result ever in Narrabeen, so to get it in my last chance in this division… I’m just so happy.”

Adding an outstanding result for the European contingent while Arnaud was celebrating her ASP Women’s World Junior title, Justine Dupont (Lacanau, FRA) was the underdog of the event’s finals to end-up runner-up in the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships.

Called to replace 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour rookie Pauline Ado (Hendaye, FRA) in December, Dupont was attending the prestigious event for the first time of her career and quietly got through the rounds eliminating defending champion Laura Enever (New South Wales, AUS) in the Semifinals before losing to event champion Buitendag in the final.

“Alizee (Arnaud) won because I won against Laura (Enever),” Dupont said. “I’m so happy to have won in the Semifinals because Laura (Enever) is such a good competitor and she won here last year. I’m so happy for my friend (Alizee Arnaud). I told Alizee ‘you’re welcome’ after that heat.”

Supported by the whole European contingent present at Narabeen including families, coaches and surfers, Dupont directly contributed to Arnaud clinching the ASP Women’s World Junior title, culminating with her runner-up finish; her ASP Pro Junior career best, at 18 years of age only.

With the girls’ event now wrapped-up in excellent European fashion, remaining ASP European male athletes Marc Lacomare (Hossegor, FRA), 18, and Charles Martin (Guadeloupe, FRA), 20, will be trying to equal the girls’ performances when competition resumes in Australia.

Results, news and LIVE webast will be available at http://billabongpro.com/wjc10/ and via www.aspeurope.com

Buitendag & Arnaud Victorious at Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships

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Bianca Buitendag, 17, winner of the Billabong ASP Women's World Junior Championships. Photo by ASP / Kirstin.
Pictured: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 17, winner of the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships. Credit: ASP / KIRSTIN

Buitendag and Arnaud Victorious at Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships

NORTH NARRABEEN, New South Wales/Australia (Tuesday, January 11, 2011) – South African dark-horse Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 17, won the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships today in a hard-fought final over French talent Justine Dupont (FRA), 19, in two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at North Narrabeen while Alizee Arnaud (FRA), 20, clinched the overall ASP Women’s World Junior Title with her equal 3rd place result in the event.

The Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships is the second and final stop on the inaugural ASP Women’s World Junior Tour, with the first event unfolding at the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior in Bali.

Buitendag quietly navigated her way through the early rounds of competition, tearing into several North Narrabeen lefthanders to eventually see the South African goofy-footer eliminate Arnaud in the Semifinals before topping Dupont in the Final to mark the biggest result of the rising star’s career.

“I’m very happy,” Buitendag said. “I don’t know how to explain it. I really wasn’t expecting this. I’m really happy about it and it’s the best result of my life. I’m stoked. My Dad has been supporting me since I was little, sitting on the beach and without him nothing would be possible, so thanks to him.”

Arnaud, who clinched the ASP Women’s World Junior title due to her combined performance in both ASP World Junior Tour events over the 2010 season, was elated to earn the prestigious title despite being eliminated in the Semifinals.

“I’m so happy,” Arnaud said. “This is what I’ve wanted since the beginning. Since I was 10 years old I’ve wanted to be World Champion and to do it in my last event as a Junior, what a feeling.”

Arnaud, who marched to an impressive runner-up finish to Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, at the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior in Bali, proved to be the most consistent surfer on the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour, notching an equal 3rd place finish at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships in Narrabeen, earning her the 2010 ASP Women’s World Junior Champion title in her last year of eligibility on the series.

“Entering Bali, I was sure I could get a result because those are the waves I like,” Arnaud said. “I knew it was going to be hard coming here to Narrabeen, because I don’t usually do well in these conditions. This is my best result ever in Narrabeen, so to get my best result now, I’m just so happy.”

Dupont was also in razor-sharp form throughout the entirety of the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships, eventually eliminating defending event champion and local favorite Laura Enever (AUS), 19, in the Semifinals to guarantee Arnaud’s title, but couldn’t find the scores needed to surpass Buitendag in their Final matchup and finished in 2nd place.

“Alizee (Arnaud) won because I won against Laura (Enever),” Dupont said. “I’m so happy to have won in the Semifinals because Laura (Enever) is such a good competitor and she won here last year. I’m so happy for my friend (Alizee Arnaud). I told Alizee ‘you’re welcome’ after that heat.”

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships holds a waiting period from January 8 through 16, 2011 and is webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Media interested in attending on-site are encouraged to register prior at: http://billabongpro.com/wjc10/media_reg/

Television newsfeeds and web highlights packages will be made available to TV and online media on competition days. Please contact jj@billabong.com.au

The Billabong ASP World junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy is made possible with the support of Sony, Volkswagon, VonZipper, Nixon, Australia’s Surfing Life Magazine, Warringah Council and NSW Sport and Recreation.

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Final Results:
1 – Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.00
2 – Justine Dupont (FRA) 9.00

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Semifinals Results:
SF 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.27 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 8.70
SF 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.37 def. Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 7.56

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Enever Leads Field to Semifinals of Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships

Laura Enever photo by ASP / Kirstin
Pictured: Laura Enever (AUS), 19, defending Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Champion, earned the day’s top scores. Credit: ASP / SCHOLTZ

NORTH NARRABEEN, New South Wales/Australia (Sunday, January 9, 2011) – The Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships saw the globe’s finest under-21 female talent tear through three rounds of competition today with defending event champion and North Narrabeen local Laura Enever (AUS), 19, leading the field into the Semifinals by earning the event’s top scores.

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships marks the final stop on the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour, with the first event unfolding at the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior in Bail.

Enever went on an absolute blitzkrieg in her Quarterfinals heat against progressive young American Lakey Peterson (USA), 16, crushing the highest single-wave score of Billabong ASP World Junior Championships competition, a near-perfect 9.10 out of 10, with four powerful backside blasts on a crisp lefthander while posting the day’s highest heat-total of 15.77 (out of 20), to leave Peterson in a combination situation to advance into the Semifinals.

“It’s a bit windier today and bigger,” Enever said. “There are some alley rights and lefts coming through on the inside. I think its fun. We’ve kind of scored without it being perfect because the conditions are the best we’ve had in awhile. I’m sure the locals are jealous. I had a really good time and I’m excited for the next round.”

Enever, current No. 5 on the ASP Women’s World Junior Tour, is also still in contention for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Junior Title, but is remaining guarded regarding her quest for this year’s crown and is enjoying the support that comes along with competing in front of her hometown crowd.

“I don’t really want to think too much about it,” Enever said. “I’m just taking it heat by heat. I got a 5th in Bali, but Alizee (Arnaud) got a 2nd. I don’t want to think about it right now, I just want to enjoy Narrabeen with one other girl out. I just love all of the support from everybody, it’s really cool to be here at home.”

Alizee Arnaud (FRA), 20, current ASP Women’s World Junior No. 2, advanced through to the Semifinals by tearing into several of North Narrabeen’s alley rights on her forehand, making her the frontrunner for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Junior Title after Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, fell in Round 3. Although the French surfer knows the possibility of an ASP crown is potentially around the corner, she remains focused on her upcoming Semifinals matchup and is proud to be flying her nation’s flag in Australia alongside fellow French Semifinalist, Justine Dupont (FRA), 19.

“I’m a little nervous now, but I’m not thinking about the World Title, I’m thinking about the next heat,” Arnaud said. “Surfing used to be so much about Australians and Americans, so it’s great to see two Frenchies in the Semifinals.”

Dupont tore through three heats today after being relegated to Round 2 yesterday, eventually eliminating dangerous Hawaiian Malia Manuel (HAW), 17, in the Quarterfinals by blasting one of the day’s highest heat totals, 15.10 out of 20, with a polished backhand attack on select lefthanders to earn her position in the Semifinals.

“I’m a bit tired,” Dupont said. “That last heat was really difficult with Malia (Manuel). I started in Round 2 today, so I’ had to surf an extra heat and I’m happy to have made it through to the Semifinals.”

Dupont, who is currently without a sponsor, found the punchy North Narrabeen beachbreak similar to the training grounds of her home in Lacanau, France and the talented natural-footer is hungry to prove herself on the international stage.

“I’m glad to be in the contest,” Dupont said. “It’s important to me because I don’t’ have a sponsor. The waves are similar to Lacanau because it’s a beachbreak like my home spot and it’s good to be here.”

Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 17, rounded out the international field of talent moving into Semifinals competition and the South African dark-horse tore into both Narrabeen’s lefts and alley rights to top event standout Felcity Palmateer (AUS) in their Quarterfinals matchup.

“It’s really fun with some right and left walls so what else could you ask for,” Buitendag said. “You’ve kind of got to suss out what waves will give you the best scoring potential and it’s mostly the rights today, but there are a few lefts that run all the way to the beach as well. I’m not feeling any pressure because dark-horses aren’t meant to have pressure. I’m still quite young and I have a few more years in this event and I’m having fun.”

Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS), 16, who was a Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Wildcard, was responsible for the upset of the event, eliminating current ASP Women’s World Junior Tour rankings leader Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, from competition in their Round 3 bout.

“I just went out and had heaps of fun,” Coffey said. “The waves were really fun and there were a couple of rights. I just felt that there was no pressure because I’m a wildcard and I just went out and surfed. It’s really easy to get nervous about it (surfing against top seeds), but Tyler’s (Wright) on the World Tour now, so I just wanted to have fun. It’s probably the biggest heat win of my career.”

Coffey eventually fell to Arnaud in the Quarterfinals.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am local time for a possible 7:30am start.

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships holds a waiting period from January 8 through 16, 2011 and will be webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Media interested in attending on-site are encouraged to register prior at: http://billabongpro.com/wjc10/media_reg/

Television newsfeeds and web highlights packages will be made available to TV and online media on competition days. Please contact jj@billabong.com.au

The Billabong ASP World junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy is made possible with the support of Sony, Volkswagon, VonZipper, Nixon, Australia’s Surfing Life Magazine, Manly Warringah Council and NSW Sport and Recreation.

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Quarterfinals Results:
Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 15.10 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.83
Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 15.77 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.27
Heat 3: Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 11.63 def. Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 10.34
Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.17 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 10.63

Billabong ASP Women’s world Junior Championships Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.83 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 10.47
Heat 2: Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.66 def. Camila Cassia (BRA) 8.17
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.43 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 12.73
Heat 6: Laura Enever (AUS) 12.54 def. Minato Takahashi (JPN) 5.90
Heat 5: Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 10.73 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 9.60
Heat 6: Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 12.70 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 11.53
Heat 7: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.43 def. Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 9.57
Heat 8: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 14.23 def. Nao Omura (JPN) 8.77

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 6.44, Minato Takahashi (JPN) 6.27, Diana Cristina (BRA) 0
Heat 2: Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 15.44, Justine Dupont (FRA) 12.33, Chantelle Rautenbach (ZAF) 9.50

Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Round 2 Match- ups:
Heat 1: Ciao Ibeli (BRA) vs. Keala Naihe (HAW)
Heat 2: Marc Lacomare (FRA) vs. Tom Cloarec (FRA)
Heat 3: Shaun Joubert (ZAF) vs. Arashi Kato (JPN)
Heat 4: Davey Cathels (AUS) vs. Enrique Ariitu (PYF)
Heat 5: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) vs. Hiroto Arai (JPN)
Heat 6: Ian Gouveia (BRA) vs. Andrew Doheny (USA)
Heat 7: Charles Martin (GLP) vs. Takumi Nakamura (JPN)
Heat 8: Chris Salisbury (AUS) vs. Evan Thompson (USA)
Heat 9: Alex Smith (HAW) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 10: Nic Von Rupp (DEU) vs. Ian Gentil (USA)
Heat 11: Evan Geiselman (USA) vs. Kaishu Tanaka (JPN)
Heat 12: Luke Davis (USA) vs. Kaito Ohashi (JPN)
Heat 13: Krystian Kymerson (BRA) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Heat 14: Tero Tahutini (PYF) vs. Filipe Jervis (PRT)
Heat 15: Albee Layer (HAW) vs. Kaimana Jaquias (HAW)
Heat 16: Dean Bowen (AUS) vs. Guillermo Satt (CHL)

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NEW SOUTH WALES, January 5, 2011 – The world’s best under-21 female surfers are about to descend upon Sydney’s North Narrabeen from January 8 through 16, 2011 to battle for the title of ASP Women’s World Junior Champion at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.

The 2010 ASP World Junior Tour is comprised of two events which crown the men’s and women’s ASP World Junior Champions respectively and young Australian Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, is currently the frontrunner in the race for the 2010 title heading into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.

Wright, who won the first event of the ASP World Junior Tour, the Oakley World Junior in Bali, has her sights set on this year’s crown, but remains humble while acknowledging the tough task that lies ahead at North Narrabeen.

“It would mean a lot to me to win the World Juniors,” Wright said. “It’s just one of those things that I really want to do. North Narrabeen hasn’t been too kind to a lot of Aussies so I will need all the support and confidence I can get.”

Sage Erickson (USA), 20, who has competed at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships for several years, put in a domineering performance at the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships via her entry as a wildcard, notching an equal 3rd place finish to put her in contention for the prized ASP World Junior Champion crown entering North Narrabeen.

“Coming into the Narrabeen event with an equal 3rd feels great but definitely doesn’t help with pressure,” Erickson said. “I’ve been to this event for some years now and the talent never ceases to amaze me. This year I’m sure will be even harder. Being my last year it takes the pressure off a bit because I know the break and have a warm up that seems to work, so that’s what I’ll try and focus on to prepare.”

The California natural-footer will be competing in her final ASP Pro Junior event at this year’s Billabong ASP World Junior Championships and would be elated to punctuate her impressive career with an ASP World Junior Title before turning her focus to qualification for the ASP Women’s World Tour.

“The Billabong World Junior Championships is my last Junior event ever, so winning it would mean so much to me in so many ways,” Erickson said. “Having a World Title under my belt can only help my confidence, something that a surfer needs to have to be a great competitor. Also it would give me a sense of closure to my Junior career and a beneficial boost on to the ASP Women’s World Ranking this year.”

Erickson also feels that competing alongside the world’s finest ASP Pro Junior competitors is the perfect training grounds in helping aspiring professionals to prepare for their careers on an international level.

“Events like the Billabong World Juniors help to prepare all the young aspiring surfers so much because we get a sense of competing against top competitors from around the globe in a World Tour format,” Erickson said. “Not only being able to see the sort of talent that is needed to win but being able to practice and perform under pressure in a high level format, it’s an important stepping stone into forming us into the surfers that we will become.”

Other marquee names competing at the women’s Billabong ASP World Junior Championships include defending event champion and 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour rookie Laura Enever (AUS), 19, and Hawaiian Malia Manuel (HAW), 17.

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships holds a waiting period from January 8 through 16, 2011 and will be webcast LIVE via billabongpro.com

Opening Ceremony
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07:15am, Saturday, Jan 8th
Billabong ASP World Junior Championships
North Narrabeen beach

The Billabong ASP World junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy is made possible with the support of Sony, Volkswagon, VonZipper, Nixon, Australia’s Surfing Life Magazine, Manly Warringah Council and NSW Sport and Recreation.

Upcoming Round 1 Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Heats:
Heat 1: Justine Dupont (FRA), Lakey Peterson (USA), Camila Cassia (BRA)
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA), Chantelle Rautenbach (ZAF), Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 3: Laura Enever (AUS), Alessa Quizon (HAW), Minato Takahashi (JPN)
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS), Diana Cristina (BRA), Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS)
Heat 5: Felicity Palmateer (AUS), Leila Hurst (HAW), Nao Omura (JPN)
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Alizee Aranaud (FRA), Airini Mason (NZL)

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