• Progressive Duel Unfolds on Opening Day of Billabong ASP World Junior Championships

NORTH NARRABEEN/New South Wales/Australia (Saturday, January 8, 2011) - The opening day of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships saw both men’s and women’s Round 1 action completed at Sydney’s North Narrabeen with the world’s finest under-21 surfing talent unleashing a progressive showdown while hunting for the prestigious title of ASP World Junior Champion.


Miguel Pupo (BRA), 18, current No. 17 on the ASP World Junior Rankings, got the best of a blow-for-blow aerial exchange over fellow goofy-footer Evan Geiselman (USA), 17, by lofting a variety of massive forehand airs on several North Narrabeen ramps to snatch the day’s highest single wave score of an 8.67 out of 10 while posting the day’s highest heat total of 15.83 out of 20 to advance directly through to Round 3.

Jack Freestone (AUS), 18, current ratings leader on the ASP World Junior Tour, carried the momentum from his Oakley World Pro Junior victory to North Narrabeen to advance directly through to Round 3, moving him one step closer to an ASP World Junior Title.

“It feels good coming into Narrabeen as No. 1,” Freestone said. “The waves are really hard out there, but it puts me in a good spot. I was watching heats before mine and everyone was just getting small scores, so I went and tried this right. Unfortunately it was filled with bluebottles.  I’m just going to cruise around Narrabeen and surf and hang out with my family and wait for Round 3.”

Laura Enever (AUS), 19, defending Billabong ASP Women’s World Champion, was in top-form in her opening heat, detonating several tail-drifting turns at her home break of North Narrabeen to take a Round 1 win to keep her chances of a repeat victory alive.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am local time for a possible 8am start.


Pictured: Miguel Pupo (BRA), 18, earned the top scores of Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Round 1 action. Credit: ASP / SCHOLTZ

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Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Ty Watson (AUS) 9.40, Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 8.30, Tero Tahutini (PYF) 7.63
Heat 2: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 12.26, Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 11.67, Evan Thompson (USA) 10.77
Heat 3: Chad Du Toit (ZAF) 8.60, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 8.50, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 7.30
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA) 11.87, Luke Davis (USA) 10.27, Andrew Doheny (USA) 5.80
Heat 5: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.84, Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.44, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 6.47
Heat 6: Granger Larsen (HAW) 10.84, Nic Von Rupp (DEU) 6.27, Enrique Ariitu (PYF) 5.17
Heat 7: Ramzi Boukhaim (MOR) 8.94, Alex Smith (HAW) 8.93, Caio Ibeli (BRA) 6.50
Heat 8: Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.26, Ian Goiveia (BRA) 6.87, Keala Naihe (HAW) 3.96
Heat 9: Dale Staples (ZAF) 12.00, Charles Martin (GLP) 12.00, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 6.26
Heat 10: Mitch Crews (AUS) 15.30, Chris Salisbury (AUS) 10.77, Arashi Kato (JPN) 12.00
Heat 11: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 13.07, Albee Layer (HAW) 10.67, Conner Coffin (USA) 8.24
Heat 12: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 13.44, Ian Gentil (HAW) 12.67, Dean Bowen (AUS) 8.67
Heat 13: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.67, Davey Cathels (AUS) 13.43, Guillermo Satt (CHL) 9.60
Heat 14: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.27, Kaishu Tanaka (JPN) 9.73, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 9.04
Heat 15: Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.73, Beyrick Devries (ZAF) 11.93, Kaito Ahashi (JPN) 8.14
Heat 16: Brendon Gibbons (ZAF) 10.53, Felipe Jervis (PRT) 9.77, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 0

Billabong Women’s ASP World Junior Championships Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 10.16, Camila Cassia (BRA) 8.26, Justine Dupont (FRA) 7.30
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 10.83, Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.83, Chantelle Rautenbach (ZAF) 8.94
Heat 3: Laura Enever (AUS) 11.33, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 6.00, Minato Takahashi (JPN) 3.40
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.67, Ellie Jean-Coffey (AUS) 10.00, Diana Cristina (BRA) 0
Heat 5: Leila Hurst (HAW) 9.67, Nao Omura (JPN) 7.77, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 6.07
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.27, Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 7.17, Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 2.80