LONG BEACH, New York / USA (Friday, April 29, 2011) - Keanu Asing (Ewa Beach, HI), 17, earned top honors at the ASP 1-Star Unsound Pro Junior in an electric final that saw the young Hawaiian unleash powerful backhand surfing on several lefthanders. Asing got the best of a flurry of exchanges over fellow finalists Christian Saenz (Huntington Beach, CA), 19, fellow Hawaiian Tanner Hendrickson (Paia, HI), 18, and local favorite Balaram Stack (Point Lookout, NY), 19, in fun three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves in New York.
The Unsound Pro Junior's ASP 1-Star status allows up and coming talent the chance to build their ranking on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series while more seasoned competitors were out to broaden their competitive horizons in the event.
While all finalists opening their account with quality scores, Asing was the first to find a rhythm in the battle for this year's Unsound Pro Junior Title. The talented Hawaiian locked into three consecutive lefthanders and confidently dismantled each wave to notch a solid 14.10 heat total (out of 20) which would prove to be enough for the win.
"I'm just ecstatic right now, I'm so glad I did this contest," Asing said. "I was watching the lefts down the beach and I thought I could get a couple of scores. I got one decent one and then got the 8 while I was paddling back out. Right after that I got another one. I just rolled into three good waves. I guess Mother Nature was in my corner.
Asing, who was the top seed in the Unsound Pro Junior, is looking to carry the confidence gained from his Unsound Pro Junior victory to Lower Trestles, where he is a top seed at the upcoming ASP 5-Star Oakley Pro Junior.
"This is a good confidence booster going into Lowers," Asing said. "I was just happy that I made the Final. This is my second time here competing in New York and it was really cool to get good waves for the event and to win is just awesome."
Saenz put in an impressive performance on his forehand, consistently punting airs on the rampy New York lefthanders throughout the day, but was unable to find a backup score to overtake Asing in the final and finished runner-up. The second place finish marks his career-best result.
"I'm stoked," Saenz said. "This is my best result ever and I'm psyched. I've been here once before and I love New York. I love the wave and it's such a great event to be a part of."
Also shining throughout the day were finalists Tanner Hendrickson and local favorite Balaram Stack. Both surfers displayed amazing progressive maneuvers throughout the event, and finished third and fourth respectively.
The next stop on the 2011 ASP North America Pro Junior Series will be the ASP 5-Star Oakley Pro Junior, which will see the nation's finest under-21 talent take to the water at California's prized pointbreak of Lower Trestles.
Unsound Pro Junior Final Results:
1 - Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.10
2 - Christian Saenz (USA) 11.60
3 - Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 10.20
4 - Balaram Stack (USA) 8.13
Unsound Pro Junior Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Balaram Stack (USA) 15.90, Keanu Asing (HAW) 10.60, Chris Tucker (USA) 6.33, Matty Lewis (USA) 4.83
Heat 2: Christian Saenz (USA) 11.27, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 9.73, Chase Wilson (USA) 9.10, JD Lewis 6.36
Unsound Pro Junior Quarterfinals Results:
Heat 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) 13.00, Matty Lewis (USA) 7.30, Billy Hopkins (USA) 6.37, Pat Schmidt (USA) 5.96
Heat 2: Balaram Stack (USA) 10.97, Chris Tucker (HAW) 9.37, Taylor Clark (USA) 7.30, Derek Peters (USA) 6.90
Heat 3: Chase Wilson (USA) 10.13, Christian Saenz (USA)8.24, Andrew Jacobson (USA) 7.94, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 7.33
Heat 4: JD Lewis (USA) 10.34, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 8.34, Nathan Behl (USA) 6.63, Nick Rupp (USA) 5.90
Unsound Pro Junior Round of 32 Results:
Heat 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) 15.67, Derek Peters (USA) 11.67, Sam Orozco (USA) 5.87, Mason Barnes (USA) 4.93
Heat 2: Matty Lewis (USA) 8.80, Chris Tucker (USA) 8.50, PJ Raia (USA) 6.90, Taylor Mathieson (USA) 4.40
Heat 3: Balaram Stack (USA) 10.23, Billy Hopkins (USA) 6.30, Britton Galland (USA) 4.87, Luke Marks (USA) 3.27
Heat 4: Taylor Clark (USA) 9.23, Pat Schmidt (USA) 5.17, Jake Marshall (USA) 5.17, Kalani David (HAW) 4.14
Heat 5: Chase Wilson (USA) 9.14, Nathan Behl (USA) 7.13, Michael Ciaramella (USA)7.07, Ian Simmons (USA) 5.06
Heat 6: Christian Saenz (USA) 10.10, JD Lewis (USA) 8.17, Ethan Carlston (USA) 7.84, Cameron Richards (USA) 7.17
Heat 7: Tanner Hendrickson (USA) 9.47, Andrew Jacobson (USA) 9.14, Jesse Gugliamana (HAW) 7.04, Scott Weinhardt (USA) 6.10
Heat 8: Nick Rupp (USA) 10.56, Carlos Munzo (CRI) 9.87, Derrick Disney (USA) 6.80, Cole Richards (USA) 4.67
Unsound Pro Junior Round of 48 Results:
Heat 1: Mason Barnes (USA) 9.34, Taylor Mathieson (USA) 8.50, Ian Gentil (USA), 0
Heat 2: Matt Lewis (USA) 10.67, Sam Orozco (USA) 6.83, Peter Polanski (USA) 0
Heat 3: Britton Galland (USA) 6.56, Jake Marshall (USA) 4.93, Eros Exarhou (USA) 0
Heat 4: Pat Schmidt (USA) 6.94, Luke Marks (USA) 5.43, Antoine Allain (USA) 0
Heat 5: Michael Ciaramella (USA) 8.60, Ethan Carlston (USA) 8.00, Justin Croteau (USA) 3.90
Heat 6: Cam Richards (USA) 7.93, Nathan Behl (USA) 6.20, Tommy Inhken (USA) 5.43
Heat 7: Jesse Gugliamana (USA) 7.03, Cole Richards (USA) 6.70, Andrew Brooke (USA) 2.80
Heat 8: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 10.83, Andrew Jacobson (USA) 8.16, Jacob Davis (USA) 4.93