NORTH NARRABEEN, New South Wales (Saturday, January 8, 2011) – The opening day of the 2011 Billabong ASP World Junior Championships is LIVE this morning at North Narrabeen in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf and the 16 Heats of Men’s Round 1 action are expected to unfold now that Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Tour action has concluded as they begin to battle for the title of ASP World Junior Champion.
The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships is the last of two stops on the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour which hosts the world’s best male and female under-21 talent. The first event, the Oakley World Pro Junior saw Australians Jack Freestone (AUS), 18, and Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, emerge victorious over the international field and are the frontrunners entering North Narrabeen.
“We’ve got clean, contestable conditions on offer this morning and are jumping into things straight away on the first day of the waiting period,” Pritamo Ahrendt, Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Head Judge Said. “We began competition with Women’s Round 1, we’ll continue today with the opening round of men’s action.”
Hitting the water when men’s competition begins will be defending event champion Maxime Huscenot (FRA), 18, current ASP World Junior No. 2 Dale Staples (ZAF), 20, Brazilian talent Ciao Ibelli (BRA), 16, and American standout Nat Young (USA), 19, among other top names.
The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships holds a waiting period from January 8 through 16, 2011 and will be webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
Media interested in attending on-site are encouraged to register prior at: http://billabongpro.com/wjc10/media_reg/
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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: Shaun Joubert (ZAF), Tyler Newton (HAW), Ty Watson (AUS)
Heat 2: Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Krystian Kymerson (BRA), Evan Thompson (USA)
Heat 3: Marc Lacomare (FRA), Chad Du Toit (ZAF), Takumi Nakamura (JPN)
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA), Luke Davis (USA), Andrew Doheny (USA)
Heat 5: Miguel Pupo (BRA), Evan Geiselman (USA), Hiroto Arai (JPN)
Heat 6: Granger Larsen (HAW), Nic Von Rupp (DEU), Enrique Ariitu (PYF)
Heat 7: Caio Ibelli (BRA), Alex Smith (HAW), Ramzi Boukhiam (MOR)
Heat 8: Jack Freestone (AUS), Ian Gouveia (BRA), Keala Naihe (HAW)
Heat 9: Dale Staples (ZAF), Charles Martin (GLP), Tom Cioarec (FRA)
Heat 10: Mitch Crews (AUS), Chris Salisbury (AUS), Arashi Kato (JPN)
Heat 11: Jesse Mendes (BRA), Albee Layer (HAW), Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 12: Kiron Jabour (HAW), Dean Bowen (AUS), Ian Gentil (HAW)
Heat 13: Davey Cathels (AUS), Guillermo Satt (CHL), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 14: Kolohe Andino (USA), Kaimana Jaquias (HAW), Kaishu Tanaka (JPN)
Heat 15: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Keanu Asing (HAW), Kaito Onashi (JPN)
Heat 16: Brendon Gibbens (ZAF), Fillpe Jervis (PRT), Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
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