Lay Day for Dripping Wet and Blue Kiss Pro Juniors – Airini Mason crowned ASP Australasian Pro Junior Women’s Champion
MANLY, New South Wales, Australia (Friday, August 20, 2010) – Day 2 of the Association of Professionals (ASP) Dripping Wet and Blue Kiss Pro Juniors presented by Skullcandy arrived to an extremely small swell at Manly so organizers called a lay day, optimistic the weekend will deliver fun waves to run through the remainder of the event.
Fortunately organizers utilized yesterdays clean performance small waves with a big day of surfing that saw the Blue Kiss Pro Junior Women’s advance through three rounds and reduce the field to the final four surfers left in the semi-finals.
Oddly, yesterdays losing performances highlighted the late afternoon heats with Sarah Mason (Casuarina/NSW) eliminated in her round three heat which left her older sister Airini Mason as the undisputed series champion for 2010.
The final heat of the day saw Airini also eliminated from the event placing fourth behind Nikki Van Dyke (Victoria), Ellie-Jean Coffee (NSW) and Philippa Anderson (NSW).
The consequence of these heats resulted in Airini Mason and West Australia’s Felicity Palmeteer as the qualifiers for the ASP World Pro Junior Championship Series.
“It feels great to win a 2nd ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series title and get the chance to compete for a World Title again” said Mason who has now won this prestigious series twice.
“I last won the series in 2006 and haven’t been competing full-time on juniors for the past few years as my focus has been on the WQS – However the incentive of competing for a World Title, especially with an event in Bali made me decide to do all the junior events this year.
“I’m really looking forward to competing in Bali and Narrabeen and hopefully I can win a World Title as it is every surfers dream.”
An early start tomorrow at the northern end of Manly will see Australasia’s top best 20 year-old and under surfers in action for certain.