Competition Intensifies at the Australian Open of Surfing. Video Highlights!

Laura Enever, Day 5 of the Australian Open of Surfing. Photo © ASP/Dunbar Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW/AUS) scored a trip to the Semifinals with a last second victory over Pauline Ado (FRA). © ASP/Dunbar Day 5 of the Australian Open of Surfing - Men's Round 1 & 2 plus Women's Quarterfinals
For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International Competition Intensifies at the Australian Open of Surfing MANLY, NSW/Australia (Wednesday, 15 February, 2012) – The Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach presented by Hurley and Billabong was treated to another exciting day full of surf action. Today saw the completion of the opening round of the Men’s ASP 6-Star division, and three heats of round two featuring some of the event’s top seeds. The Women’s field has been whittled down to just four surfers after a thrilling round of Quarterfinals this afternoon. Laura Enever (AUS) was looking like exiting the event with a 5th place finish in her Quarterfinal against Pauline Ado (FRA), she was left needing a decent score as the ocean went flat in the last five minutes. But Enever waited patiently and with a mere 14 seconds on the clock she stood up on a nice looking left-hander and launched into a series of sharp turns, easily netting the required score. “There was a part of me thinking this might be the end,” Enever said. “But then I thought – it’s never over, you can catch a wave with one second on the clock and get the score. I knew I had to find something and when that wave popped up and I though this is it, this is the one. I’m excited to be into the Semis and to be able to surf on Finals day this weekend.” Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) faced off against Lakey Peterson (USA) in Quarterfinal 2, which was a rematch of the Final of the US Open in August last year. Fitzgibbons took the heat on both occasions and will now match-up against Laura Enever (AUS) in the Semifinals this weekend. “It’s a good feeling to be through to the Semis for the first event of the year,” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s exciting to be here at the first Australian Open, and to be able to compete so close to home, I’ve got all my friends and family up here supporting me. I busted up my wrist just before Christmas and I’m just getting back in the water now, I’ve got a wrist guard on for support, but it doesn’t hinder me too much.” Malia Manuel (HAW) and Joanne Defay (FRA) finished Quarterfinal 3 tied on 11.67 (out of a possible 20) for their two wave heat total. When there’s a tie the surfer with the highest single wave score wins, and in this case it was Manuel who won with a 6.67 (out of a possible 10) to Defay’s 6.00. “That was too close for comfort right there,” Manuel said. “She needed a 6.01 right at the end and got a 6.00, it was so close! Halfway through the heat a rip popped up right in the middle of the lineup and it made it hard for me to get a back-up score. I really admire the European surfers, they’re such a tight-knit crew and they’re all surfing great.” Joel Parkinson (AUS), runner-up to the 2011 ASP World Title took out the opening heat of the round of 96 and progressed to the next round alongside Sydney up-and-comer Cooper Chapman (AUS) who finished second. The lead changed multiple times between the four surfers in the heat, but it was the veteran ‘Parko’ and the young gun Cooper who progressed. “It’s been a while since I’ve surfed a four man heat, so I was nervous,” Parkinson said. “I was expecting to hear ‘Parkinson you’re in fourth place’ over the loud speaker. But it’s a good feeling to go out there and catch a few waves. I’ve been waiting all week for my heat and it’s good to get it out of the way, and start 2012 with a heat win.” Evan Geiselman (USA) and fellow American Kolohe Andino (USA) took top honours in the last two heats of the day thanks to a couple of massive aerials. Both surfers scored waves in the 9-point-range and are looking good heading into the round of 48. Tomorrow the Australian Open Of Surfing will see both Men’s and Women’s ASP 6-Star action 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 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.

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
For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International 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 For more information, log onto 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. 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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 For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International 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="" href=""]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="" href=""]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 For additional ASP information log on to
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. All Photos ©ASP/Rowland
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