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="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/hurst_l5693arnette_wj11rowland-150x100.jpg" href="https://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="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/defay_j5737arnette_wj11rowland-150x100.jpg" href="https://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/ For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com
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
Additional Resources: Leila Hurst Surfing With My Sister. Leila & Sophia Hurst Ride Waves with Life Rolls On at La Jolla Shores

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