OCEANSIDE, California/USA (Thursday, August 1, 2013) -The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro will see 12 of the Women’s ASP Top 17 travel to Oceanside, California for the largest qualifying event of 2013. 96 competitors will battle it out from August 2 through 4 at Oceanside Pier for the valuable rankings points towards qualification for next year’s ASP World Championship Tour (WCT).
The Ford Supergirl Pro represents the third of five Women’s ASP 6-Star events on the 2013 calendar, attracting both ASP WCT competitors and the finest talent of the next generation.
Carissa Moore (HAW), 20, current ASP Women’s World No. 1, will lead the crop of World Championship Tour talent to Oceanside and is looking to keep her competitive skills sharp at the Ford Supergirl Pro before heading to Europe to chase her World Title campaign.
“I am really looking forward to competing in the Supergirl contest at Oceanside,” Moore said. “I think it will be a great opportunity for me to stay competitive in this long stretch before Europe and not allow me to get complacent. I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself in this event and try to just enjoy myself and have fun.”
Sage Erickson (USA), 22, defending Ford Supergirl Pro Champion, was unstoppable at last year’s event, and is hungry to back up her efforts in 2012 with another standout result this weekend.
“Coming into this event I’m feeling really motivated and excited,” Erickson said. “Last year this was a statement result for me and as a defending champ I’m looking to get back up on that podium and solidifying a spot on the 2014 World Tour. Competing in my home state is always so much fun, the crowds and cheers make a difference for me!”
Erickson, current No. 16 on the ASP Women’s WCT, steamrolled through the Qualifying Series last year following her 2012 victory in Oceanside to rejoin the elite ranks. This season, the Californian hopes a strong result at the Ford Supergirl Pro will vault her within the qualification safety zone for the 2014 ASP WCT.
“This event is huge in respect to standings and points and to be honest I don’t know what place I’m in on the QS,” Erickson said. “I’m just focusing on the here and now of the event! My priority is to be on that World Tour next year and I’m ready to do whatever it takes to make that happen, heat-by-heat!”
Laura Enever (AUS), 21, who enters the Ford Supergirl Pro fresh off of a fifth place result at the US Open of Surfing, is another ASP Top 17 competitor looking to back up her requalification hopes with a big result in Oceanside.
“My goal is to finish in the Top 10 on the World Tour but just incase, I’m really trying to better my position on the QS to better my requalification campaign,” Enever said. “A good result at the Supergirl Pro will only help. I found a bit of momentum at the US Open, so I want to keep that going through the next few events!”
Additional standouts in this year’s Ford Supergirl Pro draw include Pauline Ado (FRA), 22, Lakey Peterson (USA), 19, Malia Manuel (HAW), 19, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 19, Silvana Lima (BRA), 28, Coco Ho (HAW), 22, and last year’s runner-up Paige Hareb (NZL), 23, among others.
The Ford Supergirl Pro will run from August 2 through 4, 2013. For event information log on to www.supergirljam.com.
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