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
For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International The Women Step Up At The Billabong World Junior Championships Gold Coast [frame_left src="" href=""]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="" href=""]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="" href=""]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 For more information, log onto 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.

Billabong Girls Surf Series, Episode 1/2

One thing we appreciate about Billabong is that when they release new product lines with video promos such as this one, they include legit surfing footage. Billabong Girls Surf Series Episode One features a bunch of riders from around the globe enjoying life under the hot Tahitian sun. Featured surfers include Silvana Lima, Paige Hareb, Courtney Conlogue, Felicity Palmateer, Ellie-Jean Coffey and Catherine Clark. Video courtesy of Billabong Girls. More Billabong Girls videos on Vimeo.

Laura Enever to Semifinals of Billabong ASP Womens World Junior Championships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) INTERNATIONAL Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy ASP World Junior Tour 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 For more information, log onto Media interested in attending on-site are encouraged to register prior at: Television newsfeeds and web highlights packages will be made available to TV and online media on competition days. Please contact 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)

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 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)