Supergirl Pro Junior
ASP Grade 4 Women's Pro Junior event
14 August 2010
Coco Ho blasts away en route to a victory at the Supergirl Pro Junior
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 August, 2010 : - - Oceanside -- Coco Ho (North Shore,HI), 19, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-4 Supergirl Pro Junior with a come-from-behind win over fellow finalists Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), 16, Lakey Peterson (Santa Barbara, CA), 15, and Leila Hurst (Kauai, HI) 16, at South Oceanside Pier to take out the richest prize purse in Womens ASP Pro Junior surfing history.
Surfers competing on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series are out to finish atop their regional ratings to qualify for the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour. Once qualified, they earn the right to battle the globes finest competitive 20-and-under talent for the title of ASP World Junior Champion.
Ho got off to a slow start in the Final matchup, but battled through the small conditions to surpass Manuel in the back half of the heat to take out the Supergirl Pro Junior victory and $10,000, the richest 1st place prize purse in womens ASP Pro Junior surfing history.
Im beyond ecstatic, Ho said. To surf a few heats and win $10,000 is amazing and Im heading to Mexico tonight with my best friends so its been a great day. The impressive win earned by Ho plants her atop the ASP North America Pro Junior Series ratings, but due to her commitments on the ASP Womens World Tour, the talented Hawaiian may not be able to represent her region on this years ASP World Junior Tour
It feels great to be on top of the junior ratings, Ho said. I dont think Ill be able to go to Bali because of the Womens Tour overlapping, but Im sure Malia (Manuel) or Leila (Hurst) will do a great job of representing Hawaii.
Manuel, who smashed some of the events highest scores, launched out to a strong start in the Final, but was unable to stop Ho. The second place finish solidifies the young Hawaiian in the No. 2 position on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series ratings, allowing her to represent Hawaii at the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour.
This Final was amazing and congratulations to Coco (Ho), Manuel said. I think this result qualifies me for the World Junior Championships in Bali and Im really looking forward to that. Peterson, who was a standout at this years ASP 6-Star US Open of Surfing, started strong in her early heats, but was unable to find a rhythm in the Final and finished third overall.
Im not disappointed in the result at all, Peterson said. It was a tough heat and I think I just need to get more experience. I feel like Ive had a good go on the Pro Junior series this year though. It was my first year competing and its been good.
The Santa Barbara natives result at the ASP Grade-4 event pushes Peterson to No. 3 on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, making her the highest rated North American surfer on the regional ratings, qualifying her for this years ASP World Junior Tour.
Id be really excited to go to Bali, Peterson said. Im really looking forward to doing the ASP Pro Junior series for a few more years and Im looking forward to it.
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Supergirl Pro Junior Final Results:
1 Coco Ho (HAW)
2 Malia Manuel (HAW)
3 Lakey Peterson (USA)
4 Leila Hurst (HAW)
Supergirl Pro Junior Semifinals Results:
SF 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.57, Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.40, Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.07, Amy Nicholl (USA) 9.93
SF 2: Leila Hurst (HAW) 9.16, Coco Ho (HAW) 8.74, Brittany Nicholl (AUS) 8.33, Taylor Pitz (USA) 8.10
Supergirl Pro Junior Quarterfinals Results:
QF 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.67, Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.77, Meah Collins (USA) 6.14, Lani Doherty (HAW) 3.30
QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.23, Amy Nicholl (USA) 9.50, Jasset Umbel (USA) 8.00, Shelby Detmers (USA) 5.80
QF 3: Taylor Pitz (USA) 11.93, Brittani Nicholl (AUS) 10.90, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 9.27, Sara Taylor (USA) 6.18
QF 4: Leila Hurst (HAW) 13.77, Coco Ho (HAW) 13.17, Catherine Clark (USA) 10.77, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 6.83
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