Network A Launches New Reality Series Starring Pro Surfer and Model Alana Blanchard. Watch Episode One of Alana: Surfer Girl.

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NETWORK A LAUNCHES NEW REALITY SERIES STARRING PRO SURFER AND MODEL ALANA BLANCHARD.

Shot in Kaui, “Alana: Surfer Girl” to Post Each Monday, Starting Today

(October 29, 2012) – Network A, the online action sports channel, and 8 Side Productions today announce the launch of “Alana: Surfer Girl,” a new reality series starring Alana Blanchard, the Kauai-based pro surfer and model.

The series, which premieres today, features Alana and surfers Leila Hurst and Camille Brady as they surf and explore Kauai, the fourth largest of the Hawai’ian Islands. Alana says, “I’m so excited at the opportunity to share my life in Kauai, especially with my best friends in tow. We had so much of fun filming, I hope everyone enjoys watching!”

The first episode introduces the girls and their friendship and is interspersed with visually stunning shots of the girls swimming with sea turtles, jumping from 100-foot cliffs into the ocean, and of course quality surf action.


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Alana Blanchard, Leila Hurst and Camille Brady star in episode one of Alana: Surfer Girl

Leila Hurst Surfing at Home in Hawaii. Surf Video Clip by Joel Guy.

This video of Leila Hurst is appropriately named “untitled” by her filmer, Joel Guy. We don’t know the spots where the video was shot and wouldn’t name them even if we did… Leila Hurst, enjoying some free time in her home state of Hawaii.

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Surfing With My Sister – Leila & Sophia Hurst Ride Waves, Share Laughs & Shed Tears with Life Roll On


Caio Ibelli and Leila Hurst Claim ASP World Junior Titles at the Billabong World Junior Championships

Leila Hurst (HAW) and Alessa Quizon (HAW) at the Billabong World Junior Championships. Photo © ASP/KIRSTIN
Bringing the titles back to Hawaii. ASP World Junior Champ, Leila Hurst (HAW) alongside Billibong World Junior event winner, Alessa Quizon (HAW). Photo: ©ASP/Kirstin

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Ibelli And Hurst Claim ASP World Junior Titles At The Billabong World Junior Championships

BURLEIGH HEADS, Queensland/Australia (Saturday, 28 January, 2012) – Caio Ibelli (BRA) and Leila Hurst (HAW) have claimed the Men’s and Women’s ASP World Junior Titles at the Billabong World Junior Championships today. The pair join a prestigious list of former ASP World Junior Champions, including: Adriano De Souza (BRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Andy Irons (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS). Wade Carmichael (AUS) and Alessa Quizon (HAW) were also amongst the winners today, taking out the third and final event of the ASP World Junior Title Series, the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.

The Men’s ASP World Junior Title race saw all the frontrunners bow out early today with Jack Freestone (AUS) eliminated by Medi Veminardi (REU) and Ian Gouveia (BRA) taken out by Wade Carmichael (AUS) in the Quarterfinals. Carmichael had a sensational outing at Burleigh Heads this week, gaining entry into the event with a win at the Von Zipper trials and then sticking it to the world’s best junior surfers with a win at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.

Another frontrunner, Garrett Parkes (AUS), needed to advance out of today’s Quarterfinals to clinch the 2011 ASP World Junior Title, but was halted by South American sensation Filipe Toledo (BRA). Parkes’s ousting in the Quarterfinals resulted in a tie with Caio Ibelli (BRA) for the top spot on the ASP World Junior Title rankings, requiring a “Surf-Off” to determine the champion.

Caio Ibelli (BRA) started the Surf-Off with a couple of minor scores, it was clear that he was going for something big. Garret Parkes (AUS) on the other hand started chipping away at the lead, posting some scores in the good range to give him an early lead. Ibelli found a wave that linked up and unleashed some solid carves and a massive air-reverse to score an 8.67 (out of a possible 10), to swing momentum his way and take the lead. Parkes had a last minute chance to claim the prestigious ASP World Junior title, needing a 7.58 (out of a possible 10), but fell less than a point short after he too landed a nice air-reverse.

“I’m so stoked to bring the ASP World Junior Title back to Brazil!” Ibelli said. “I feel so amazing now! I didn’t know I had another opportunity to win, I just found out this morning. I want to thank my family, my friends and Oakley for their support. Garrett (Parkes) is a good surfer and he’s at home in Australia so I knew I had to do my best.”

Parkes, who missed out on qualifying for the ASP World Junior Tour in 2010, finished his junior career on a high at number 2 in the world. Parkes now has been given a priority seeding into the ASP Star and Prime events to help his chances of Qualifying for the elite ASP World Tour.

“I’m pretty devastated because I put a lot of hard work in,” Parkes said. “I gave it all I could, I tried my best and I still lost. The Surf-Off was great, it gave me a second chance, but I didn’t capitalise on it. It’s better than doing a count back because this way it comes down to surfing.”

Wade Carmichael (AUS) and Nathan Carvalho (HAW) were perfectly matched and put on an exciting Final at the Billabong World Junior Championships that won’t soon be forgotten. As the clock was counting down the final seconds, Carmichael was left needing a mid-range score, he took off on a smaller wave and blasted one of the biggest fins-free turns of the event. The siren went and both surfers were floating in the lineup waiting for the scores to be announced. Carmichael only caught 2 waves in the 30 minute final, but that’s all it took for him to claim an epic come-from-behind victory.

“I’m over the moon right now, this is the best day of my life!” Carmichael said. “I’ve been training for this for the last few months, I wanted to have a big year and this is unbelievable. I wasn’t nervous that whole heat, even though I was sitting waiting for that second wave for a long time. But I was really nervous and freaking out after the heat while I was waiting for the score to be announced. Then they said I won and it was the best feeling.”

Leila Hurst (HAW) was one of three surfers in the running for the ASP Women’s World Junior Title this morning, but was the last one standing after front-runner Joanne Defay (FRA) lost her Quarterfinal clash. Then Philippa Anderson (AUS) bowed out of the race when she finished runner-up in the event, as she needed to win the final to claim the crown.

“I never want to be in that position again,” Hurst said. “Watching a final and having no control over if I won the ASP World Title or if I lost. I was feeling so much pressure. I’m losing my mind right now, I never thought I had a chance to win this. I’ve only just started to do well in contests again after a run of bad results, so I had low self-esteem coming into this event. It’s feel great to see what winning feels like again.”

Alessa Quizon (HAW) handed the ASP World Junior Title to fellow Hawaiian when she defeated the last contender in the Final of the Billabong World Junior Championships. Quizon had been a standout performer all event, using her vertical backhand snaps to build up some big scores in each round, punctuating her performance with a solid 7.50 (out of a possible 10) in the final to win the event.

“I feel really happy, this is the best result I’ve had in a long time,” Quizon said. “I’m so happy that Leila (Hurst) won the ASP World Junior Title. A Hawaiian gets to take the title home, I’m really stoked for her!”

The top four surfers on the ASP World Junior Ratings get priority seeding into all ASP Prime and Star event in 2012.

1. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
2. Garrett Parkes (AUS)
3. Davey Cathels (AUS)
4. Jack Freestone (AUS)

Check the Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast highlights via www.billabongpro.com

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

2011 ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPION SURF-OFF RESULTS:
Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.74 def. Garrett Parkes (AUS) 14.00

BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
Wade Carmichael (AUS) 11.17 def. Nathan Carvalho (HAW) 10.63

BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST MEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 11.84 def Medi Veminardi (REU) 8.66
SF 2: Nathan Carvalho (HAW) 16.50 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.26

BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST MEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Medi Veminardi (REU) 12.00 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.50
QF 2: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 14.27 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 7.00
QF 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.74 def. Garrett Parkes (AUS) 14.44
QF 4: Nathan Carvalho (HAW) 12.13 def. Dean Bowen (AUS) 9.60

BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST WOMEN’S FINAL RESULT:
Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.67 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.67

BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 15.10 def. Nage Melamed (HAW) 9.34
SF 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.80 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 6.94

BILLABONG WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST WOMEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 13,07 def. Sarah Mason (NZL) 10.83
QF 2: Nage Melamed (HAW) 15.00 def. Joanne Defay (FRA) 12.67
QF 3: Leila Hurst (HAW) 15.67 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 14.76
QF 4: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 10.83 def. Sarah Baum (ZAF) 8.97

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, Surfing Queensland, ASL magazine and Burleigh Boardriders.

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-150×98.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-150×100.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-300×192.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

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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.

Leila Hurst Wins the Arnette ASP Women’s World Junior Title in Rio de Janeiro


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Leila Hurst, Hawaii, is the Arnette World Junior Champion. Photo © ASP/RowlandLeila Hurst (HAW) is the new Arnette World Junior Champion! Photo ©ASP/Rowland

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Arnette ASP World Pro Junior
Stop No. 2 of 3 on ASP World Junior Tour
Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 24 – November 2, 2011


Leila Hurst Wins Women’s Arnette ASP World Junior

PRAIA DO DIABO, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Sunday, October 30, 2011) – Leila Hurst (HAW) has won the Arnette ASP Women’s World Junior presented by Quiksilver, topping Joanne Defay (FRA) at the backup location of Praia Do Diabo after a dominant performance on the final day of competition.

Stop No. 2 of 3 on the ASP World Junior Tour, the inaugural Arnette ASP World Junior presented by Quiksilver has run at both the lefthander of Arpoador as well as the right of Praia Do Diabo, which lies on the other side of the event’s primary location.

[frame_left src=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/hurst_l5693arnette_wj11rowland-150×100.jpg” href=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/hurst_l5693arnette_wj11rowland.jpg”]Leila Hurst (HAW)[/frame_left]Hurst was a standout throughout the event’s entirety and stormed her way through to the Final after earning a 9th place at the ASP World Junior Tour season opener, putting the Hawaiian back in contention for the elite ASP Women’s World Junior Crown.

“It was my first time in a World Junior Final and it might be my last year, so I’m so excited,” Hurst said. “I feel so blessed to be in Brazil. Everyone has been so nice and I’m just really excited. Australia is next, so who knows! Normally I get so stressed out at contests, but I just tried to relax and have fun.”

Hurst was equally efficient at both the main event location of Arpoador as well as Praia Do Diabo and was a consistent top-scorer throughout the entirety of Arnette ASP World Junior competition.

“I feel like both waves were really similar,” Hurst said. “It was really hard to control your board out there because there is so much backwash coming off of the rock.”

[frame_right src=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/defay_j5737arnette_wj11rowland-150×100.jpg” href=”http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/defay_j5737arnette_wj11rowland.jpg”]Joanne Defay (FRA)[/frame_right]
Joanne Defay, who finished equal 3rd place in Bali, established herself as a frontrunner for the under-21 crown when she finished runner-up to Hurst today after topping talented Australian Phillipa Anderson in their Semifinals clash with the day’s highest score of a 9.57 (out of 10).

“I’m pretty happy to have made the final,” Defay said. “Phillipa was inside and I had the priority. I had the first nice carve and made the re-entry to get through.”

Anderson, who finished second at the ASP World Junior in Bali, was on fire in Rio de Janeiro, but was unable to find a rhythm in her Semifinals matchup against Defay and earned an equal 3rd place finish.

“I was feeling good throughout the entire event and I don’t know what happened out there in the Semifinal,” Anderson said. “I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. There were a couple of bombs out there, but I just didn’t find them.”

The result establishes Anderson along with Defay as the frontrunners for the ASP Women’s World Junior Crown.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at Arpoador at 7am local time for a possible 7:30am start to men’s competition. To watch the Arnette ASP World Junior presented by Quiksilver LIVE log on to www.brasilopenofsurfing.com.br/

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ARNETTE ASP WORLD JUNIOR WOMEN’S FINAL RESULT:
1 – Leila Hurst (HAW) 15.50
2 – Joanne Defay (FRA) 10.53

ARNETTE ASP WORLD JUNIOR WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Leila Hurst (HAW) 13.66 def. Monik Santos (BRA) 11.57
SF 2: Joanne Defay (FRA) 17.57 def. Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 9.83

ARNETTE ASP WORLD JUNIOR WOMEN’S QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Monik Santos (BRA) 9.33 def. Nao Omura (JPN) 8.07
QF 2: Leila Hurst (HAW) 16.64 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 14.33
QF 3: Joanne Defay (FRA) 15.33 def. Juliana Meneghel (BRA) 9.16
QF 4: Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 10.67 def. Heidi Palmboom (ZAF) 8.73


Arnette World Junior. Leila Hurst (HAW) claims the 2011 Arnette Women's World Jr Championships! Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior Winners. Leila Hurst (HAW), Joanne Defay (FRA), Philippa Anderson (AUS) and Monik Santos (BRA). Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Philippa Anderson (AUS) was a standout throughout the event but she fell short in the semis and finished equal third. Photo ©ASP/Rowland.
Arnette World Junior. Monik Santos, Brazil, claims equal third at the Arnette World Junior. Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Frontrunner Dimity Stoyle (AUS) went down in the quarterfinal to event winner Leila Hurst (HAW). Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Juliana Meneghel, Brazil, finishes the wave off cleanly in the quarterfinals. Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Heidi Palmboom (ZAF) surfed well but couldn't get past Phillippa Anderson in the quarterfinals. Photo ©ASP/Rowland. Arnette World Junior. Nao Omura, Japan, was ousted by Monik Santos (BRA) in the quarterfinals. ©ASP/Rowland.
(Clockwise from top left)Leila Hurst gets carried up the beach; Awards ceremony; Philippa Anderson; Nao Omura; Heidi Palmboom; Juliana Meneghel; Dimity Stoyle; Monik Santos.

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Surfing With My Sister. Leila & Sophia Hurst Ride Waves, Share Laughs & Shed Tears with Life Rolls On at La Jolla Shores.

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On a Friday afternoon a few weeks ago, I logged onto Facebook and the first post I saw was from Leila Hurst who mentioned that she’d be attending the Life Rolls On event with her sister Sophia the following day. After a bit of schedule reshuffling I grabbed some camera gear and made my way down to La Jolla Shores. I had some knowledge of Life Rolls On but had never attended one of their events and didn’t really know what to expect.

As I walked up to the Life Rolls On tents, a few thoughts struck me immediately. First, there are a lot of colored jerseys. To ensure the safety of each surfer, a team of volunteers is assigned to each participant. Although it isn’t necessarily a contest, I could sense some friendly competition between the volunteers as to which team cheered and hooted the loudest for their surfer. Another thing that became abundantly clear to me…the best barrel, the loftiest air, the hugest frontside hack…the type of turns you think you’ll remember forever instantly become insignificant compared to the world-changing smiles that each Life Rolls On participant has on their face as they exit the water. I loved everything about They Will Surf Again…the enthusiasm, the overwhelming joy, the thunderous applause and the deep emotions that affected both participants and volunteers. I saw this firsthand when Leila Hurst burst into tears during Sophia’s first ride.

“Going into the event all I could think of was how happy and excited my sister was to be a part of it,” explained Leila. “I didn’t expect an emotional experience but once my sister hit the water and was laying on the board with all the love and support around her, it all hit me. I was balling like never before. Tears filled with happiness and joy. It was an incredible feeling …a feeling I had never experienced before. For a second there I felt like a proud mother which was funny because she’s my older sister. Ha ha.”

Pre-heat preparations with Natalie McPeek, Sophia Hurst and Leila Hurst. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comLeila Hurst, Sophia Hurst and Natalie McPeek make their way to the water's edge. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Leila and Sophia Hurst. Photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.comSurrounded by Life Rolls On volunteers, Sophia Hurst, all smiles and ready to go surfing. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine.
All smiles at Life Rolls On's They Will Surf Again event, Leila Hurst, Sophia Hurst and good friend, Natalie McPeek. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.At They Will Surf Again events, each participant is surrounded by Life Rolls On volunteers from the outside peaks all the way to the beach. Sophia Hurst. Photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.comHeartwarming wave of the day shared between sisters, Leila and Sophia Hurst. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Overwhelmed with joy at her sister's first ride, Leila Hurst sheds some tears. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine.Lauren Otonicar of Tonic Haircare, Natalie McPeek and Leila Hurst watching as Sophia finishes her ride on the inside section. Surf photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.com

About halfway through Sophia’s surf session, the volunteers encouraged Leila to ride some waves with her sister. (After their first ride this photographer had a knot in his throat as well.)

“The volunteers talked me into riding a couple of waves with my sister and I have never been so nervous in my life,” shared Leila. “I thought I was going to screw up and have Sophia fall of the board. I was so worried she would get held under if we pearled but we managed to pull it off and it was an unforgettable feeling. We rode a couple waves to shore while everyone’s faces filled with Joy! I can honestly say that this past weekend being a part of Life Rolls On was the best weekend of my life …better then any surf trip. It was amazing!”

Natalie McPeek cheers for her lifelong friend, Sophia Hurst at Life Rolls On's They Will Surf Again event in La Jolla, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.comWhile Leila and Lauren Otonicar of Tonic Haircare were in the water assisting Sophia, the biggest applause of all was coming from Sophia’s good friend, Natalie McPeek, who jumped up and down in waist-deep water, threw her arms in the air, and cheered loudly for every ride…all while somehow keeping a very unprotected camera dry.

“We all grew up together on the North Shore of Kauai and Sophia was my best friend from the start. We were 2 years old and having so much fun everyday. As we got older I started surfing and Leila joined in as well and it has been heart-aching not having Sophia out there with us.” Natalie continued, “Watching and cheering her on was the biggest blessing for Leila and I. We wanted so badly our whole lives for Sophia to share what we grew up loving our whole lives. I love Sophia like a sister and feel so blessed to have gotten to share that day with them.”

After spending the morning watching Leila and Sophia ride waves, I wanted to get Sophia’s take on her special day and the experience of surfing with the Life Rolls On crew.

Jettygirl: Tell us about your decision to go surfing at the Life Rolls On event. Was it spur of the moment or something you’ve been thinking about for a while?
Sophia Hurst: I guess it’s a little of both. My sister called me about a week and a half before the event and I pretty much immediately jumped at the opportunity, but I’ve known about the Life Rolls On Foundation since I was about 16 when Jesse Billauer spoke at a youth rally I went to. I had wanted to get involved since then, but was a little too shy to talk to the people I needed to talk to in order to get involved at that point so this was the perfect opportunity!

Jettygirl: The stories of each participant were as varied as all the personalities involved that day. As Life Rolls On deals specifically with spinal cord injuries, would you like to share a bit about your story?
Sophia: I was actually born with my “DIFability” as I refer to it. I have a birth defect called Spina Bifida. Basically what happened, is that when my mom was pregnant with me, the skin around my spine didn’t close completely so I was born with a hole at the base of my spine. It’s kinda weird because the hole is on my spine so you would think I’d be paralyzed from that point down, but I’m actually only paralyzed from just above my ankles down.

Jettygirl: Having never surfed before, were you nervous before your heat was scheduled to go out? What was going through your mind in the moments before you hit the water?
Sophia: I actually have surfed a little bit before, but never in water that deep and definitely not on waves that big. Up until this event, the only person I had ever surfed with was my dad, and that was on pretty small waves in water where I knew I could stand up if I wiped out.

Jettygirl: Most beginning surfers head to the whitewater but you charged straight to where the outside sets were breaking. I myself would have been freaking at that point but you looked really calm. Tell us about your first ride.
Sophia: I was a little nervous about going out so far into the water, but when I saw how many people were going out with me, I knew they would make sure I was safe. In fact, at one point I even told them I wanted them to let me wipe out so I could experience what that really feels like. They looked at me like I was crazy for a minute, but I got one good wipe out and I thought it was actually pretty awesome!

With the aid of a Life Rolls On volunteer, Sophia Hurst rides a nice left at La Jolla Shores. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.While Sophia rides a wave on the outside, Leila Hurst and Natalie McPeek cheer on the inside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Leila Hurst and her sister, Sophia Hurst, ride a wave together with Life Rolls On. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Sophia Hurst, all smiles after her last ride at They Will Surf Again. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Jettygirl: It must have been really special to ride a wave with your sister. Her tears of joy while you were riding your first wave spoke volumes of her feelings for you. How important was it to have Leila there to share the experience with you?
Sophia: I’ll be honest, at the beginning of this whole thing I was more excited by the opportunity to meet Jesse, but at some point I realized that this was way more about bonding with my sister. I spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital around the time that she really started getting big in the surfing world, so we never really got the opportunity to share her passion. I didn’t even realize she was crying until I was already way out in the water and the people helping me pointed it out. At first I kinda laughed it off but when I saw her I realized how special it was and I got a little choked up too. As for actually getting to surf with her, that was without a doubt the highlight of the day. I will remember that for the rest of my life.

Jettygirl: Finally, with the thousands of people with spinal cord injuries who may have never considered trying something like surfing, do you have any words of encouragement for them?
Sophia: In the words of Walt Disney, “If you dream it, you can do it.” Follow your dreams and if someone tells you you can’t do something, use that as fuel to prove them wrong and make them eat their words!

Life Rolls On volunteers celebrate with Leila and Sophia Hurst after her heat. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.


Words & Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Additional Resources:

Life Rolls On Foundation - liferollson.org

Life Rolls On
Leila Hurst
Tonic Haircare

Special Thanks: to Lauren Otonicar and Tonic Haircare for their support of this JettyGirl.com feature!


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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About ASA Entertainment:
Founded in 1994, ASA Entertainment Group, LLC is an action sports event, television and content production agency focused on creating and executing customized, turn-key marketing programs that range in scale from grassroots to global. ASA’s events, featuring skateboarding, freestyle BMX, inline skating, freestyle motocross, snowboarding, surfing and music, are broadcast domestically on eight networks (including CBS and Fox Sports Net), and distributed to more than 700 million HH globally via 30 international broadcast partners. ASA’s productions span the spectrum from large, international competitions such as the ASA Action Sports World Tour, the World Championships of Freestyle Motocross, The Supergirl Jam Series and the ASA Big-Air Triples to amateur contests, lifestyle and branded entertainment events, demonstrations, exhibitions, school programs and mobile tours. After 17 years as a leader in action sports, ASA Entertainment regularly connects brands to consumers through its platform of premium action sports and lifestyle content. For more information, visit ASAentertainment.com or ActionSportsTour.com.

About ASP:
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the Foster’s ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa,
Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products:
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations
in the world.

About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. SUPERGIRL and all related characters and elements are trademarks of
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Summer Time. A collection of surf photos from our favorite season at JettyGirl.

As we embark on another season of sunshine, we feel that there’s no better way to celebrate summer than to showcase a few photos from our favorite time of year. Our goal here (more or less) is to post an image or two every few days so check back often to see what’s new. We wish you all the best of times this summer and for those of you on the globe who are entering winter right now, I hope these will keep you stoked as you’re pulling on your fullsuits. Enjoy!

Leila Hurst, Newport Beach. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com.
Leila Hurst – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 9 – A clean turn on a glassy wave will always be a timeless move. Leila Hurst recently moved from the warmth of Hawaii to the every-once-in-a-while sunny skies of California. The highly ranked Pro Jr is a most welcome addition to our shores and I’m hopeful that you’ll be seeing more of the stylish regularfoot in JettyGirl in coming weeks and months.


Claire Bevilacqua barreled in Newport Beach, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Claire Bevilacqua – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 8 – This Western Australian loves to punt airs but even more, she relishes the chance to pull in. I wish I could she Claire in action at Backdoor this winter but for now, some thin-lipped Newport barrels need to suffice. A terror in the air and an absolute maestro in the green room, Claire Bevilacqua.


Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst in Newport Beach, photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com
Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 7 – Yes, this is summer. Our brief season of warm water arrived then disappeared before our June gloom fullsuits ever had a chance to completely dry out. This August morning was gray and drizzling but even the dullest of mornings brightens up when you’re among friends. Longtime friends Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst run to greet each other in Newport Beach.


Jasset Umbel, late afternoon Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Jasset Umbel – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 29 – The Trestles area responds differently to each swell. While Lowers can seem like top-to-bottom paradise, some swell directions call for a more lateral approach. Florida’s Jasset Umbel spends quite a bit of time at the famous pointbreak and knows when to hit the gas pedal to get speed for the sections setting up down the line. Jasset takes the high line on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.


Kelly Nicely with 4-Eyed Clyde...before Clyde's last ride. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Kelly Nicely – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 22 – Four-Eyed Clyde’s last ride. Tonight I met up with Kelly Nicely who had just returned from France after competing in the Roxy Pro. While she usually just sells her boards in Europe to save in airline fees, Four-Eyed Clyde was so special to her that she paid $300 to get the board back to California. Exactly one hour after this photo was taken, Four-Eyed Clyde was broken in two pieces by a shallow, double-up. Rest in Peace Clyde :(


Shea Hodges, evening surf. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Shea Hodges – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 14 – Tonight I had the opportunity to meet up with a good friend who happens to be one of the best surfers I’ve ever seen, Hawaii’s Shea Hodges. We don’t get to shoot as much as when she lived up here in Oceanside but I’m always stoked when we can meet up. Our evening session was small, really small, but as she always does, Shea took apart the mini-lefts running across the inside bank. Looking forward to many more sessions with the stylish Hawaiian throughout the summer…


Marissa Shaw rotating at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Marissa Shaw – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 13 – A few years ago I was shooting with Claire Bevilacqua at one of Southern California’s busiest point breaks. On this particular day, many of America’s top female amateur surfers were splitting peaks with Claire. When she exited the water she asked me the name of the young regularfoot who launched airs on every wave. It was none other than San Clemente’s Marissa Shaw. Fast forward to last week at the same spot and there was Marissa, punting at every opportunity and even tweaking it into rotations when the opportunity presented itself. A shredding surfer, gnarly athlete, busy lifeguard and dedicated college student, there’s pretty much nothing Marissa Shaw can’t do.


Alexa Frantz surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Alexa Frantz – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 12 – Summer is in full force but still some gray days remain. I don’t know anybody that loves bikinis as much as Alexa Frantz. It could be freezing …as shown here by the dudes in the fullsuits …and there will be Alexa, throwing buckets like it’s the hottest day of summer. There’s no doubt that Alexa turns heads as she walks down the beach carrying her hot pink boards but it’s the manner in which she hucks spray that I appreciate. Her heart of gold? …that’s pretty cool too!


Ornella Pellizzari visiting San Diego from Argentina. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com
Ornella Pellizzari – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 9 – Overhead, nasty onshores, and river-like currents…all part of Oceanside during a south swell. It was refreshing to see a pro surfer paddle out in WAY less than ideal conditions, all the while smiling and laughing while taking off on ugly bombs. There weren’t many hittable sections but this right had one and Argentina’s Ornella Pellizzari launched into a nice backside air. So stoked that Ornella will be in town for a while :)


Stephanie Schechter surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Surf Magazine.
Stephanie Schechter – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 5 – It’s always interesting to meet new surfers and discover their unique personalities. My wife and I often joke that I have both the gift of perception and misperception in equal parts. I love guessing with each new person I meet how their on-land style will translate once they hit the water. Stephanie Schechter is a case in point. My assumption was that her larger than life, gregarious personality on land would translate into an energetic style of waveriding. In contrast, Stephanie’s surfing style is about as calm, cool and collected as can be. Stephanie, relaxed on the nose in Oceanside.


Julie Cox, late afternoon surf session. Surfboard by Dane Perlee with artwork by Thomas Campbell. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com.
Julie Cox – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 3 – I’ve always loved this shot of Julie Cox…the late afternoon hues, the sunlight bouncing off her wetsuit and the beautiful surfboard shaped by Dane Perlee and painted by Thomas Campbell. As Julie dedicates more of her daylight hours to the California Surf Museum where she serves as Operations Manager, I’m sure she appreciates those extra hours of sunlight that each summer afternoon brings.


Heather Jordan. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Heather Jordan – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 2 – While not a fan of the marine layer, I do like those mornings that are “bright” gray if that makes sense. In the half-dozen years I’ve known Heather Jordan, one thing’s for certain, I have absolutely no idea when or where our paths will cross but I’m always stoked when they do. On this morning Heather ventured far from her homebreak and ended up getting some of the best waves of the day. Intelligent and hard-working, Heather will be making her way up to UCLA this fall…meeting up with fellow Bruins, Taylor Pitz and Chandler Parr in what looks to be a formidable surf team in the women’s division.


Kyla Langen surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Surf Magazine.
Kyla Langen – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 1 – Brains, beauty, soul, and the versatility to charge barrels and draw flawless arcs, my friend Kyla Langen enjoying her favorite local spot. Preparation is key in early summer as the tricky and changing water temps could find you in a fullsuit in the morning and a bikini just a few hours later.


Jenna Balester at Huntington Beach Pier. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Jenna Balester – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 29 – Intimate knowledge of your local break pays off when faced with summertime crowds. While the masses were being swept up the coast in Huntington Beach’s Colorado River-like current, Jenna Balester out-positioned the pack and scored one of the better rights of the morning…delivering a beautiful backhand turn on a special quad shaped by her dad, Tom Balester.


Brittani Nicholl surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com
Brittani Nicholl – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 22 – Even at California’s most crowded summertime pointbreak there are occasional moments of solitude. Photo-friendly lighting is long gone by lunch hour but that doesn’t mean the waves are done. Brittani Nicholl paddled out for some midday fun and I was lucky enough to join her and her mom for one last session before they left for home last summer. Unfortunately, Brittani like so many of my Australian friends, won’t be coming to America this summer thanks to the ridiculous decision to “upgrade” the US Open to a World Tour event this year. Since the same family of companies basically controls both events, my vote is to return the US Open to its former WQS status and make real progress by adding a Women’s World Tour event to the Hurley Pro at Lowers in September. Sadly though, I don’t get a vote…


Claire Bevilacqua in color. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com.
Claire Bevilacqua – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 21 – In a world of desaturated images, cell phone one-click recipes, bogus light leaks and every other type of digital treatment (some of which were applied here), pure color sometimes takes a back seat to its trendy counterparts. Unlike photos though, colorful personalities like Claire’s never fade into the background. Reaching out to feel the arc she’s created, Claire paints another masterpiece.

Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. Photo Gallery

Lakey Peterson photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.comRob Machado Seaside Pro Junior Photo Gallery
Photos: Chris Grant / JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

This year marked a first for Rob Machado’s annual contest, the addition of a Pro Junior event for the girls. In the challenging and shifty conditions of Seaside Reef, the pre-contest favorite, Lakey Peterson, lived up to expectations and took out the Final, defeating Hawaii’s Nage’ Melamed and Leila Hurst with California’s Taylor Pitz rounding out the field. Here are a few moments from the event…

Left: Up the beach from the competition site, Lakey Peterson paddled out into a drifting, current-filled, empty lineup and scored some nice warm-up waves before the final day commenced.

Lakey Peterson with an early morning backside hook. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine.
Lakey Peterson was on fire from the first round. Spectacular backside hook at Seaside Reef.

Tatiana Weston Webb surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Seaside Reef offered up plenty of surf. Tatiana Weston-Webb throws water as a bumpy left lines up ahead of her.

Chandler Parr photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
Malibu’s Chandler Parr scored a last second victory on Day 1 but was starved of waves in the Quarterfinals.

13 year old Kylie Loveland projecting into a nice Seaside Reef left, surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
At only 13 years old, Kylie Loveland already knows that good surfing begins with solid bottom turns.

Brianna Cope surfed strong through the entire event. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.
Hawaii’s Brianna Cope came up just short in the Semifinals but had some of the best rights of the contest.

Haley Watson surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
Special mention goes to Floridian Haley Watson who shined wearing a wetsuit in the sub-60 degree water temps.

11 year old Meah Collins barely missed the final but had one of the turns of the event. Surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
The loudest cheers of the event went up when 11 year old Meah Collins wrapped this spray-throwing turn.

Frontside gash by Hawaii's Alessa Cuizon. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine.
Although unlucky to miss the Final, Hawaii’s Alessa Quizon was a clear standout in the event unloading on every section that presented itself.

Alessa Cuizon after her quarterfinal victory at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Alessa Quizon after a blistering Quarterfinal performance.

Hawaii's Alessa Cuizon and Billabong's Megan Brainard Villa at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com.
One of the biggest supporters of women’s surfing in the surf industry (and one of the few who will give JettyGirl the time of day), Billabong’s Megan Brainard Villa, shown here with Alessa Cuizon.

Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
With a spirited run in the Semis, Laguna Beach’s Taylor Pitz used her formidable backside skills to make the Finals.

Taylor Pitz and Tonic Haircare's Lauren Otonicar photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl
Taylor Pitz’ camp exploded with applause when she made the Final. A smiling Taylor walks with Lauren Otonicar of Tonic Haircare, one of Taylor’s sponsors.

Leila Hurst, finalist at the Rob Machado Pro Junior at Seaside Reef. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.
Earlier in the week I had the honor of babysitting Leila Hurst’s new board on the beach. As her Finals berth would attest, the new board works very well indeed!

Leila Hurst, backside hack on the inside. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.
Hawaii’s Leila Hurst ripped throughout the event and walked away with a 3rd Place finish.

Nage Melamed with a backside hook in the afternoon, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Nage’ Melamed surfs really well on her backhand, routinely putting her board in unique positions in the lip. Nage’ shredded into 2nd Place in the comp.

Nage Melamed with a smooth frontside carve at Seaside Reef, surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com
By the afternoon, the inside peak shifted and some fun rights poured through the lineup. Nage’s smooth carves complimented them perfectly.

Lakey Peterson surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
Lakey Peterson won the Rob Machado Pro Jr largely because of her excellent backhand skills.

Lakey Peterson backside drift surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine
I dug this weightless, drifting re-entry…a wonderful blend of timing, speed and balance by Lakey Peterson.

Lakey Peterson, winner of the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior, photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.com
A stoked Lakey Peterson exits the water to be congratulated by family, friends and the press.

Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior Awards Presentation, photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
A jubilant Lakey Peterson, winner of the 2011 Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior.

ASP World Jr. Tour Championships

Billabong ASP World Junior Championships
Presented by Monster Energy
ASP World Junior Championships
North Narrabeen, Sydney Australia
8 – 16 January 2011

Live Coverage | Results/Photos/Videos etc

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
Koomurri Aboriginal Performance Group
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)

www.billabongpro.com
www.aspworldtour.com