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

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Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International

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.


4th Annual Supergirl Pro Junior Surf Contest Rides the Waves in Oceanside, CA, August 13

Coco Ho, Winner of the 2010 Supergirl Pro Junior in Oceanside, California

4th ANNUAL SUPERGIRL PRO JUNIOR SURF CONTEST RIDES THE WAVES IN OCEANSIDE, CA, AUGUST 13
World’s Top Pros Gather for the Only 6-Star ASP Pro Junior Contest in North America

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 22, 2011) – The 4th Annual Supergirl Pro Junior surf contest will hit the waves in Oceanside, CA, on August 13, with one of the biggest contests in Pro Junior history. Sixteen of the best 20-year-old-and-under female surfers in the world will be competing for the coveted Supergirl cape in the only 6-Star Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Pro Junior contest in North America.

With one of the largest prize purses on the Circuit, the Supergirl Pro Junior has attracted a world-class field of surfing talent, including three of the top ten female surfers on the ASP Women’s World Tour. Superstar Coco Ho (Oahu, HI), currently ranked 6th in the world, will be back to defend her title against 7th ranked and 2009 Supergirl Pro Junior Champion, Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA) and 10th ranked Laura Enever (Sydney, Australia). 2010 Supergirl Pro Junior silver medalist and former Women’s U.S. Open Champion, Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), the world’s 2nd ranked junior, Leila Hurst (Kauai, HI), the 5th ranked junior and Lakey Peterson (Santa Barbara, CA), currently 7th on the Women’s World Rankings, add to a deep field of top pros.

The Supergirl Pro Junior is the first event of the 2011 Supergirl Jam series, the action sports industry’s largest all-female competition and lifestyle series, featuring more than 100 female pros in surfing, skateboarding, inline skating and snowboarding. The second event will be held in Venice, CA, on August 21, and will include both skate and snow contests on the world-famous Venice Beach boardwalk.

“I am really excited to be competing in the Supergirl Pro Junior again,” said top pro Coco Ho. “It’s an amazing field of surfers competing this year, and as the defending champion, I know the other girls will be gunning to get my pink cape.”

Courtney Conlogue, 2009 US Open of Surf Champion and Billabong pro surfer, added, “The event is always super fun and the whole Supergirl Jam series sends out such a positive message about female empowerment. I am really happy to be a part of the contest and all that it stands for.”

The 2011 Supergirl Jam series will be broadcast nationally in October via three hours of coverage on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and five hours of coverage on Fuel TV. Stay tuned to www.SupergirlJam.com or www.actionsportstour.com for more show times and dates.

The Supergirl Jam is run by ASA Entertainment, one of the leading producers of action sports event and television programming in the US, in conjunction with Warner Bros Consumer Products.

The Supergirl Pro Junior surf contest will begin at 11:15am on August 13 at the Oceanside Pier and will feature a series of head-to-head heats with the finals scheduled for 2:15pm. Admission to the event is free.

For more detailed information on the Supergirl Pro Junior, the Supergirl Jam event series or the television programming please visit www.Supergirljam.com.

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Join Shaper Studios for “Ladies Night of Surfing” on Friday, June 10th in San Diego

Shaper Studios Presents Ladies Night of Surfing

LADIES NIGHT OF SURFING

One night dedicated to the beautiful ladies of surfing…

Big Screen Movie Premiere of Nike 6.0′s Leave A Message featuring Malia Manuel, Coco Ho, Monyca Byrne-Wickey, Lakey Peterson, Laura Enever and Carissa Moore.

Female Shapers:
Whitney Lang
Molly Logan
Dessa Kirk

Female Surfers:
Leah Dawson
Cindy Santini

Time:
Friday, June 10, 2011 – 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Location:
Shaper Studios
6310 Riverdale Street
San Diego, CA

Carissa Moore Claims Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Takes ASP Women’s World Title Rankings

Carissa Moore claims Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP 2011/ Kirstin Scholtz
Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, is your 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast champion! Credit: © ASP / KIRSTIN SCHOLTZ

ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) INTERNATIONAL

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover
ASP World Title Event No. 1 of 11
Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover
ASP Women’s World Title Event No. 1 of 7
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
February 26 – March 9, 2011

Carissa Moore Claims 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Takes ASP Women’s World Title Rankings Lead

Carissa Moore, winner of the 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP 2011 / KirstinSNAPPER ROCKS, Queensland/Australia (Tuesday, March 8, 2011) – Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, has taken out the opening event of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover, in an electric final over Tyler Wright (AUS), 16.

The primary venue of Snapper Rocks produced the goods for the final day of women’s competition, as the world’s best female surfers collectively announced a new standard of high-performance surfing.

Moore proved the form surfer of the event, consistently notching the highest scores of the round and surfing with unparalleled speed, power and progression.

“It’s been an amazing finish to the event and the waves were so good for us today,” Moore said. “If I didn’t have priority and hadn’t dropped in on Tyler (Wright) on that wave, then she probably would have gotten the score and won the heat. It’s been an incredible event for me and I’m excited for the year ahead.”

The young Hawaiian’s victory today, her fourth elite win of her career, can be taken as a fierce declaration of her plans for the year, clearly eyeing her maiden ASP Women’s World Title.

“It’s still early in the season but the ASP Women’s World Title is definitely a goal,” Moore said. “I’m just happy to be surfing the way I am and getting results. I’m riding a Mayhem Matt Biolis shape. It’s a 5’9” and I love it, it’s kind of a magic board, so I’m stoked. Luckily I have a couple just like it so I’m trying to take care of them.”

Now sitting in the driver’s seat in the hunt for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title, Moore looks towards the next event and pushing the now unbridled progression of women’s surfing.

“All the girls are surfing amazing and we really saw it at this event,” Moore said. “It’s going to be an exciting year on tour. I just can’t wait to see what happens.”

Tyler Wright at the 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP 2011 / Kirstin.   Sally Fitzgibbons, Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Landrover. Photo © ASP 2011 / Kirstin.

Laura Enever at Snapper Rocks. Photo © ASP 2011 / Kirstin.   Go Sally! Sally Fitzgibbons fans at the 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo © ASP 2011 / Kirstin.

Top to bottom, left to right. Tyler Wright; Sally Fitzgibbons; Laura Enever; Go Sally! Credits: © ASP / KIRSTIN SCHOLTZ

Wright, who is into her first full year as an ASP Women’s World Title campaigner, blew people away with her performances throughout the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, and came up just shy of taking down the event.

“In every heat I think you can learn something, pull something out of it that’s positive,” Wright said. “I won’t change too much, I’ll do my own thing and hopefully I can catch a couple of waves. We’ve got snapper with only one other person out and I love this wave. Congrats to Carissa (Moore) – she surfed amazing. It was incredible to be out there in waves like that and I can’t wait for the rest of the season.”

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, 2010 ASP Women’s World Runner-Up, was part of the select few to consistently break the boundaries of women’s surfing at the event, but the young natural-footer couldn’t stop a rampaging Moore in their Semifinal clash.

“It’s always disappointing coming up short in a contest,” Fitzgibbons said. “I’m happy with the way I’m surfing, but it just didn’t go my way in the Semifinals. It’s been a great off season though. I had a month at home and you can’t complain about that. Just have to buckle down and focus on the next one.”

Laura Enever (AUS), 19, 2011 ASP Top 17 rookie, had a sensational run at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, taking down a bevy of high-profile names before falling to Wright in the Semifinals. For her efforts, Enever finished Equal 3rd in her first event as an ASP Women’s World Title campaigner.

“Being in the water with these girls has been amazing,” Enever said. “I’m just happy to make the Semifinals in my first World Tour event. It’s going to be an exciting year and I can’t wait to have fun around the world.”

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion, has consistently held the ASP Women’s No. 1 position since August 2008. However, the iconic natural-footer was unable to overtake a rampaging Enever in her Quarterfinal bout.

“Laura (Enever) and I went out with different game plans for that heat and hers obviously paid off,” Gilmore said. “It’s disappointing for sure, but she was surfing really well and things worked out for her. For me, this event was about trying to find my feet and I think I did a little bit. Hopefully I can recover a bit more between now and the next event.”

Highlights from the Roxy Pro Gold Coast will be available via http://www.roxypro.com.au

The next stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season will be the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach in Victoria from April 19 – 25, 2011.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

ROXY PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.34
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.37

ROXY PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.53 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 11.84
SF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.00 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.50

ROXY PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.77 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.44
QF 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 15.67 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.50
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 19.20 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 14.50
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.37 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 11.83

ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE TOP 5 (After Roxy Pro Gold Coast)
1. Carissa Moore (HAW) 10,000
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 8,000 points
3. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 5,200 points
3. Laura Enever (AUS) 6,500 points
5. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5,200 points
5. Silvana Lima (BRA) 5,200 points
5. Coco Ho (HAW) 5,200 points
5. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 5,200 points

2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Preview

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As the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour kicked off with the Roxy Pro Gold Coast late last week, we thought we had blown our opportunity to get this “preview” online before the event had completed. Luckily for us, the ocean stopped delivering waves to Snapper Rocks which gave us a chance to put the feature together. We mixed it up this year and asked a panel of surfers who they thought would finish in the Top 5 at year’s end. As predictions poured into the office, we were surprised how similar the majority of them were. Overwhelmingly, our panel of world champions and past, present and future superstars gave the nod to Stephanie Gilmore as over 70% of them predicted that she would win her fifth straight world title. Which surfers could be standing in the way of Steph achieving another world title? Read on and see… -Chris Grant


1. Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 1 – www.stephgilmore.blogspot.com

Stephanie Gilmore. Photo © ASP / Cestari
4X ASP Women’s World Champ, Stephanie Gilmore. Photo © ASP / Cestari

“It’s hard to go past Steph for number 1. She is an amazing surfer who excels in all conditions. I think she will be challenged more the ever for her title this year especially from Tyler Wright who I did consider has the ability to potentially knock her off the perch. But Steph has that valuable experience, beautiful style and I reckon she will flare more then ever to hold onto that number #1 spot.” - Amee Donohoe

“Steph Gilmore is an unstoppable machine. No other girl surfs with her power, fluidity, and maturity.” – Bo Stanley

“Steph Gilmore’s immeasurable, too much style to document and so much more than just a one dimensional tour surfer. No one comes close to her.” – Jessica Grimwood

“It would be just awesome if Steph wins her 5th world title …in her 5th year on tour!!!!” – Valeria Sole’

“What stands out mostly about Steph is her speed… That is one of the main differences between the men and the women, but Steph surfs fast, with power and flow. She will be on top until one of the girls steps it up a notch. Big or small, Steph is consistent with no bobbles in her surfing… smooth… and always my number one pick.” – Paige Alms

“My gut reaction is not put Stephanie Gilmore any lower than number one. No one else has proven that they can remain psychologically strong throughout the entire year. On the other hand, I want to place her second or third for this year and am hopeful that someone will break the very thick ice that has set in over the past four years. I heard a funny rumour that Steph was pissed at my power rankings on Surfline because I ripped some of the girls pretty hard. The funny thing is she did the same in the water and seems to have no qualms with that. Well, good on ya Steph. I am still putting you #1 for the fifth year running. Even though airs are the future, women’s surfing is still struggling with stylistic consistency and flowing maneuvers and Steph’s got both in spades. (And btw, the rumours that I can’t surf aren’t true. Sorry I know it’s easier to believe that the critic’s a kook, but not this time).” – Di Mattison


2. Carissa Moore (Hawaii) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 3 – www.carissamoore.com

Carissa Moore. Photo © ASP / Cestari
With two wins on the 2010 World Tour, Carissa Moore looks to be a serious threat to take it all in 2011. Photo © ASP / Cestari

“Carissa’s beginning to put her talent and game together.” – Rochelle Ballard

“Carissa Moore! Kaisers and Bowls pride right here!! I grew up watching Carissa surf all my South Shore spots. She is such an awesome girl inside and out and obviously is going to take over the world of women’s surfing sooner than later. Sista is mind boggling! Need I say more…” – Shea Hodges

“She’s Carissa Moore.” – Sara Taylor

“Carissa will win the world title in 2012. Slight chance she’ll even win this year. She’s got the whole package for sure. New Zealand and Portugal were clear signs of her ascendancy. Oh and two tour wins in a rookie season is not too shabby either. The key to Carissa’s final result is going to be wave selection. She has the tricks, the power, the style, and she’ll just need waves to execute. So yeah 2nd place, but just barely.” – Di Mattison

“Carissa Moore’s a fan favorite who rarely dissapoints. However, she is young and her inexperience might leave her one spot short of number one. She will for sure be ripping but may get distracted by all the bright lights.” – Lauren Sweeney


3. Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 2 – www.sallyfitzgibbons.com

Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo © ASP / Robertson
Currently second in the world, Sally Fitzgibbons will be looking to secure her maiden CT victory in 2011. Photo © ASP / Robertson


“This guestimating stuff is so difficult because I really want to see Sally take a world title, but my prophetic powers suggest that it won’t be this year. She’ll stay at the top with the way she’s able to drop multiple high scores in every heat. I also have a secret notion that she read my power rankings and made stylistic adjustments per my recommendations, because I felt that there was so much more flow going on in her turns in 2010. Now that the style and flow have mixed with the power and amp, peaking before the final remains her Achilles heal. All champions figure out how to do this and so will Sally before she becomes one.” – Di Mattison

“Sally will soon be unbeatable.” – Wini Paul

“2010 was a great year for Sally, quite a few runner-ups and semis. This year I foresee her first CT win, no doubt. Sally will definitely be in the top 5 at every contest, she is a very consistent competitor and will go out and get a 9 while everyone else is getting 6′s…” – Paige Alms

“Sally and Courtney, I cant really decide between these two. Personally, I think they carry the same components …both great all-around athletes with high levels of consistency which will have to put them on the upper side of the ladder. They’re both able to perform in poor wave conditions so having some new not-so-high-performance wave destinations wont faze them. Both definitely have the ability to take a win, just need to add the flare at the right time.” – Amee Donohoe

“Because Sally is strong and was close last year …this is her year.” – Nicole Grodesky


4. Silvana Lima (Brazil) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 4 – www.silvanalima.com.br

Silvana Lima. Photo © ASP / Kirstin
Although better known for her air assault, Silvana Lima charges the big stuff as well. Photo © ASP / Kirstin

“This is going to be the year that Silvana turns on the afterburners and blows people away. She doesn’t really have a choice but to rip, tear, and lacerate her way to the top seeing that the young guns on tour this year are going to be chomping at the bit. Can’t wait to see her shred the gnar!” -Lauren Sweeney

“With so much new school focus, credit is always due to those who have stamped their position. Silvana would have to be the most progressive surfer in there. Landing airs daily, always a title contender with that bag of tricks, how could she not be? You would have to be stupid to discount this Brazilian at being more than an arm’s length away from that trophy.” – Amee Donohoe

“Silvana’s a bad ass!” – Rochelle Ballard

“She’ll hold off the rest of the rookies. Always a threat for the title. Consistency has dogged her the past few years. She posts 10s and then 1s. Huge talent. Amazing style. Amazing barrel rider. I’d actually really like to see Silvana prove this whole list wrong and come out on top, but like I constantly repeated in the year I did the power rankings, she’s got to pull those airs and nuts barrels in nearly every heat, and especially in the semis and finals. Her career trajectory actually reminds me a lot of Taj Burrow, who talent-wise is certainly world-title worthy, but just can’t seem to string the event wins together at the right point in the season. Here’s hoping against the odds.” – Di Mattison

“Silvana Lima because she slays it! Besides Melanie Bartels and Courtney Conlogue the only other girl surfer that surfs like a guy. SO powerful, charges, and boosts!!!” – Shea Hodges

“Silvana Lima just plain rips and surfs with so much risk and aggression. Sick to watch.” – Sara Taylor


5. Tyler Wright (Australia) – 2010 ASP Ranking: Rookie – www.ripcurl.com.au

Tyler Wright. Photo © ASP / Kirstin
A stellar 2010 Hawaiian season put the world on notice that Tyler Wright is a very well-rounded surfer. Photo © ASP / Kirstin

“Tyler Wright, the best surfer I’ve seen.” – Rochelle Ballard

“Tyler has it I think. She’s going to be a big threat. She’s young, talented, athletic, driven and froths to surf and push her level of surfing more then most. She’s not the least bit fazed about any of her rivals and knows how to win consistently. As we have all seen before its only a matter of time before she jumps a spot.” – Amee Donohoe

“Tyler’s fresh, aggressive, focused and rides for Powerbase fins like her bro Owen (I work for them too so I gotta support the team!).” – Jessica Grimwood

“Tyler’s my “bolter” depends on which high seed she catches in the 3rd round, and if she can handle everything that comes along being so young and on tour.” – Kim Wooldridge

“It’s only Tyler’s first year on the tour and she’s only 16 but that’s why I think she’ll do well. After watching her at the Triple Crown this year she’s shown that she has the drive to succeed.” – Emily Wratschko


6. Coco Ho (Hawaii) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 7

Coco Ho. Photo © ASP / Robertson“Always a strong surfer in all conditions. Coco’s throw tails on her forehand and backhand are mind boggling even for some of the boys. I see Coco doing well this year from the start at Snapper… Pull those airs Cokes ‘n you’d be unstoppable!” – Paige Alms

7. Courtney Conlogue (United States) – 2010 ASP Ranking: Rookie

Courtney Conlogue. Photo © ASP / Robertson“Courtney Conlogue is definitely making a statement slowly but surely. If you’re paying attention you cant miss her exciting backhand snap 360s or getting spit out of a nuts heaving barrel in Indo somewhere. Again… if politics weren’t involved we would see a lot more of her smooth reverses and spitting barrels in some hipsteresqe, sepia colored, techno filled surf segment. Instead she’s training all day to pull into bigger barrels than you!” – Shea Hodges


8. Melanie Bartels (Hawaii) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 8

Melanie Bartels. Photo © ASP / Rowland“#1 stunna in my eyes is Bartels! Ya Mel may not be as good of a contest surfer as Steph or Silvana, but when she’s got a travel fund, the politics aren’t involved, and that bag of tricks opens up she’ll wax everyone! 96792!” – Shea Hodges


9. Chelsea Hedges (Australia) – 2010 ASP Ranking: 6

Chelsea Hedges. Photo © ASP / Morris“Chelsea is my pick for number 3 …if she does the whole tour. She has no sponsor or cash, and is totally ripping in everything, would love to see it big and barrelling for her. Damn, where’s Chopes for the girls?” – Kim Wooldridge


10. Laura Enever (Australia) – 2010 ASP Ranking: Rookie

Laura Enever. Photo © ASP / Kirstin“In my humble opinion, a wild card pick for Top 5.” – Nicole Grodesky




Special thanks to the following surfers for participating in our 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Preview:

Paige Alms, Jamie Baittinger, Rochelle Ballard, Wendy Botha, Serena Brooke, Chloe Buckley, Meah Collins, Shelby Detmers, Amee Donohoe, Jessica Grimwood, Nicole Grodesky, Bethany Hamilton, Shea Hodges, Alexia Jeri, Di Mattison, Kim Mearig, Wini Paul, Lakey Peterson, Marissa Shaw, Jolene Smith, Valeria Sole’, Bo Stanley, Lauren Sweeney, Sara Taylor, Valentina Vitale, Kim Wooldridge, and Emily Wratschko.

*Click the link to check out the Complete List of Our Top 5 ASP Picks as chosen by all of the surfers named above.

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

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Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy
ASP World Junior Tour Final Stop
North Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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

Laura Enever to Semifinals of Billabong ASP Womens World Junior Championships

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North Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
January 8 – 16, 2011

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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8 – 16 January 2011

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ASP Women’s World Junior Tour Culminates at Billabong World Junior Championships

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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ASP Top 17 Determined for 2011 Season

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Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, one of the new faces you’ll be seeing on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour. Credit: © ASP / CESTARI
Pictured: Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, one of the new faces you’ll be seeing on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour. Credit:© ASP / CESTARI

ASP Top 17 Determined for 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Season

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Sunday, January 2, 2011) –The 2011 ASP Top 17 have been determined, ushering in one of the most exciting fields of women surfers in the history of the sport.

With the allocation of the ASP Wildcard (going to Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 24), the ASP Top 17 has been set, comprised of the Top 10 finishers from the 2010 ASP World Tour, the top six finishers on the ASP Women’s World Rankings and the ASP wildcard.

“With the allocation of the ASP Wildcard, the 2011 ASP Top 17 have been finalized with the seed list below,” Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager, said. “We have an excellent field of girls on tour and a solid schedule. We’re excited for a big year in 2011.”

1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
3. Carissa Moore (HAW)
4. Silvana Lima (BRA)
5. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
6. Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
7. Coco Ho (HAW)
8. Melanie Bartels (HAW)
9. Paige Hareb (NZL)
10. Rebecca Woods (AUS)
11. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) * ASP Wildcard
12. Laura Enever (AUS)
13. Tyler Wright (AUS)
14. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
15. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
16. Pauline Ado (FRA)
17. Alana Blanchard (HAW)

The first stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Roxy Pro Gold Coast from February 26 through March 9, 2011.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com