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Aussie longboard event added to ASP schedule

Taylor Jensen © ASP/Will Hayden-Smith



Be The Influence Avalon Cup

ASP 2-Star Longboard Qualifying Series
Mandurah, Western Australia
17 - 18 May 2014

Champions Line Up For Inaugural Be The Influence Avalon Cup

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 May, 2014 - A selection of the best longboarders from Australia and around the globe are headed to WA for the first ever Be The Influence Avalon Cup, a 2-Star rated Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) event. LQS events are vital to the career pathway of professional surfers, as this is where they earn points to qualify for the ASP World Longboard Championships and the 2-Star rating has attracted the attention of former ASP World Champions and Australian champion longboarders.

Taylor Jensen (San Diego, CA/USA), two-time ASP World Longboard Champion is in the West with his partner Nava Young, daughter of iconic Australian surfer Nat Young and both will be competing in the Be The Influence Avalon Cup. Jensen won back-to-back ASP World Longboard Titles in 2011 and 2012, but fell short last year and is looking to use the Be The Influence Avalon Cup to regain his competitive edge.

"It's great to have another event on tour, it's huge actually – the more events the better," Jensen said. "It creates a better playing field and gives everyone a better chance of qualifying.  You have better odds across the events to do well and it ensures that the best surfers end up on tour. I've never surfed Avalon before but I've seen footage and it looks really good on its day."

Georgia Young (Perth, WA/AUS), current Australian Longboard Champion and 9th place at the ASP World Longboard Championships in China last year is looking forward to competing in the first Be The Influence Avalon Cup. Young will be looking to use this event as a warm up for the ASP World Longboard Championships that are held at a similar left hand point break in China later this year.

"I'm so stoked to have two ASP longboard events in WA this year, it's amazing," Young said. "I think there's only six in the world at the moment, so to have one in my backyard is so great – Avalon and Iso's [Isolators Reef] are waves that I surf so often. I'm really stoked to have to girls come over and see what great waves we have so hopefully it will be a good competition!"

Surfing WA work tirelessly on providing platforms and events for surfers from WA and from all-over the world to display their talents and have opportunities to compete on the world stage and the inaugural Be The Influence Avalon Cup is an exciting step for longboarders in WA.

"Not only is it great to see some of the world's best male and female longboarders making their way to Avalon to compete, it will also be fantastic to give the WA surfers an opportunity to challenge them in their own backyard while giving our current crop of young and established longboarders an opportunity to launch their careers." - Mark Lane Surfing WA CEO.

Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia General Manager is excited to see the amount of longboarding events on the rise and also by the prospect of hosting another ASP event in the West.

"The Be The Influence Avalon Cup is a great addition to the ASP calendar in Australasia," Jordan said. "Avalon point is a fantastic wave that offers unique challenges and experiences for our competitors. ASP is grateful for the support and hard work of Surfing WA and the Be the Influence initiative to allow us to offer our surfers more opportunities."

Will Hayden-Smith

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