Costa Mesa, CA (Oct.1st, 2012): Rip Curl is excited to congratulate 22-year-old Alana Blanchard [HAW] on qualifying for the 2013 Women's World Championship Tour thanks to a solid semi final showing in the last ASP Women's Qualifying Series event of the year, the SATA Airlines Azores Pro.
Heading into the ASP 6 -Star event, Alana sat one spot away from qualification. Needing to better a 25th place, she easily accomplished this by surfing her way to equal 3rd. With this result, Alana finished 5th in the World Rankings and will reclaim her spot among the ASP Top 17.
"I've been on the WCT two times, and I'm excited to see all the girls again and travel with all the Hawaiian girls and just see everyone surfing at their best!" said an enthused Blanchard. "I'm always looking forward to Snapper but all the events are amazing so I'm super excited!!"
With Alana's signature line of swim, Alana's Closet, releasing for the third season this Spring, Alana has a busy year in store. She joins fellow Rip Curl team riders, Tyler Wright [AUS] and Pauline Ado [FRA] on the elite tour. For more updates on Alana and the Rip Curl team, follow us on Instagram @ripcurl_usa, and Alana Blanchard @alanarblanchard.