COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Wednesday, June 1, 2011) - With the regional ASP Pro Junior Series in full swing around the globe, the world's best 20-and-Under surfers are in the midst of their respective campaigns to qualify for the newly-minted, three-event ASP World Junior Title series.
"The ASP World Junior Title underwent a major shift last year when we added an extra event to the long-established and hotly-contested Billabong ASP World Junior Championships," Brodie Carr, ASP Intl CEO, said. "The addition of a third event to the series this year provides a more elite and comprehensive vetting process in determining the world's best junior surfers. This is a title that has been held by the best surfers in the world and is the most respected and sought-after accolade in junior surfing."
Of the six past women's ASP World Junior Champions, five have gone on to qualify for the prestigious ASP Women's World Tour while reigning ASP Women's World Junior Champion Alizee Arnaud (FRA), 21, is currently campaigning to qualify for next year's elite ASP Top 17.
The men's ASP World Junior Title has been held by the likes of current ASP World No. 1 Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, winner of the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, 2010 ASP World Runner-Up Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, and the late three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW), 32, amongst others. Reigning ASP World Junior Champion Jack Freestone (AUS), 19, aided by his preferred seeding, is concentrating his efforts on the ASP Star and Prime series this season in an attempt to qualify for the prestigious ASP Top 34.
In addition to the long-standing Billabong ASP World Junior Championships held just after the New Year in Sydney, Australia, 2010 saw the addition of the Oakley ASP World Junior event at the high-performance righthander of Keramas in Bali and this season will see the third event, the Arnette ASP World Junior, ran in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from October 24 through November 2, 2011.
2011 ASP World Junior Title Schedule:
Oakley ASP World Junior - Bali, Indonesia (October 3 - 14, 2011)
Arnette ASP World Junior - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (October 24 - November 2, 2011)
Billabong ASP World Junior Championships - Sydney, Australia (Early January, 2012)
The first stop on the 2011 ASP World Junior Title season will be the Oakley ASP World Junior in Bali, Indonesia from October 3 - 14, 2011.
For more information, please log onto http://www.aspworldtour.com
PAST ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONS:
2010: Jack Freestone (AUS), Alizee Arnaud (FRA)
2009: Maxime Huscenot (REU), Laura Enever (AUS)
2008: Kai Barger (HAW), Pauline Ado (FRA)
2007: Pablo Paulino (BRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
2006: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Nicola Atherton (AUS)
2005: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
2004: Pablo Paulino (BRA)
2003: Adriano de Souza (BRA)
2001: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
2000: Pedro Henrique (BRA)
1999: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
1998: Andy Irons (HAW)
ASP CAREER PATH:
– ASP World Title Series
^ ASP Prime Series (men only)
^ ASP Star Series
^ ASP World Junior Title Series
^ ASP Pro Junior Series