Billabong ASP World Junior Championships

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 Local North Narrabeen lass Laura Enever won the ASP Billabong World Junior Title at her home beach yesterday defeating Hawaii’s Alessa Cuizon in fun, clean 2-3ft waves.

Local North Narrabeen lass Laura Enever won the ASP Billabong World Junior Title at her home beach yesterday defeating Hawaii’s Alessa Cuizon in fun, clean 2-3ft waves.

French Surfer Maxime Huscenot Wins Billabong World Junior Championship

Local Girl Laura Enever Claims Womens Title For Australia.

North Narrabeen, New South Wales/Australia (Saturday, January 16, 2010) – Maxime Huscenot (REU), 17, and Laura Enever (Narrabeen, NSW, AUS), 18, have claimed their respective ASP World Junior Titles, dominating the punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves on offer at North Narrabeen for the final day of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy.

In a nail-biting men’s final, Huscenot, a relative unknown until today, played to his strengths against one of the undisputed rising stars of international surfing - Brazil’s Jadson Andre, who has been lighting up the Sydney line-up all week with his incredible aerial repertoire.

Andre, the 2009 runner-up and number one-event seed, held the lead for most of the 30 minute decider, and with time ticking away, was looking to go one better than last year and cement his place in the history books.

But Huscenot rallied and with just seven minutes to go, pulled out the highest scoring ride of the final, unleashing a flowing display of flashy manouevers to earn himself a 7.50 out of a possible 10 to jump into the lead.

Andre scoured the Narrabeen break, desperate for a score and with three seconds remaining, got to his feet for what was possibly the winning ride.

When the final siren sounded, however, Huscenot, at just 17 years of age, had done enough, creating history by becoming the first French surfer to claim the prestigious junior event and the world title.

Huscenot will now officially be presented with his world junior championship trophy alongside 2009 ASP World Men’s Tour Champion Mick Fanning (Gold Coast, Qld, AUS) and ASP Women’s World Tour Champion Stephanie Gilmore (Gold Coast, Qld, AUS) at the ASP World Champions banquet on Australia’s Gold Coast, in February.

Finishing in equal third today was Alejo Muniz (BRA), 20, and Gabriel Medina (BRA), 16, the youngest competitor at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships

Despite a juggernaut run through the back half of the draw, Muniz fell to eventual winner Huscenot, while Medina signalled clearly his place as a future star by locking in the only perfect 10 of the tournament in Round 4.

Enever’s hometown victory came as no surprise to those who witnessed her progression through the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships. The explosive natural-footer consistently posted the highest scores each round, and with the help of some massive scores courtesy of a blistering forehand attack, Enever posted an insurmountable lead in the Final against Alessa Quizon (Makaha, Oahu, HAW), 16.

Joining such renowned past ASP World Junior Champions like Pauline Ado (FRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Nicola Atherton (AUS) and Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Enever now boasts the most prestigious accolade in junior surfing, and will hope to follow in their footsteps en route to the elite ASP Women’s World Tour.

Pauline Ado (FRA), 18, last year’s ASP World Junior Champion, failed to find a rhythm throughout the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships and went down to eventual Runner-Up Cuizon, finishing Equal 3rd.

Joanne Defay (REU), 15, a relative unknown on the international stage before the event, was a surprise dark horse in North Narrabeen, taking several high-profile scalps en route to her equal 3rd place finish.

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy mirrors the competition format of the ASP World Tour and is considered the sport’s “crystal ball” for aspiring champions. In addition, a Final’s placing in the tournament affords the successful surfers an unrivalled seeding on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) that serves as a springboard to the ASP World Tour.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Enever the home town hero is stoked as after just claiming The ASP Billabong World Junior crown.

Enever the home town hero is stoked as after just claiming The ASP Billabong World Junior crown.

Laura “Blondes have more fun”Enever stoked as.

Laura “Blondes have more fun”Enever stoked as.

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