2010 Supergirl Pro Junior Highlights
In true Supergirl style, Coco Ho (Oahu, HI) surfed over the competition in Oceanside, California today to win the 3rd Annual Supergirl Pro Junior. Sixteen of the world's best 20-and-under female surfers took to the waves to battle for the richest purse in ASP Women's Pro Junior history, with Ho claiming the $10,000 top prize and her second Supergirl Pro Junior title. Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), Lakey Peterson (Santa Barbara, CA) and Leila Hurst (Kauai, HI) captured second, third and fourth place, respectively.
Official Results—2010 Supergirl Pro Junior
1) Coco Ho 16.26 points
2) Malia Manuel 15.17 points
3) Lakey Peterson 10.67 points
4) Leila Hurst 10.27points
Draped in the winner's Supergirl cape, Ho said, "I'm so stoked. Now I have one cape for each arm. The Supergirl Pro Junior is the most fun event ever!"
An ASP Grade-4 surfing contest, the Supergirl Pro Junior is the second event in this year's Supergirl Jam, the action sports industry's only large-scale, all-female competition and lifestyle event designed to promote female empowerment, strength and independence. The first event, the Supergirl Am Jam, which honored female amateur skateboarders, occurred on June 30 at Skatelab, in Simi Valley, California.
Ho was the first Supergirl Pro Junior champion, winning the title in 2008 in Huntington Beach, California. She entered today's competition hoping for a second win, but after fighting a cold all week and sizing up her competition, she knew it was going to be a hard fought battle.
"Malia [Manuel] started out the finals so strong, I thought she had it in the bag," said Ho. "I'm so glad I got a few good waves."
Manuel hit the water and didn't waste any time catching some early waves, recording an 8.00 and 7.17 early on to claim the top spot. Her lead held until nearly the mid-point of the 30-minute heat, then Ho hit back-to-back waves of 7.53 and 8.73 – the highest score of the heat – to take the lead. Ho would stay at the top until the end, despite a late charge from Manuel. Needing an 8.27 to take reclaim first place, Manuel grabbed a late wave and rode it to the shore, but was only able to score a solid 6.67. For the second year in a row, she claimed the second place silver medal.
"The girls were really rippin' today," said Manuel. "Thanks to Supergirl for this opportunity. If you invite me back next year, I'm here!"
A first year addition to the competition was the Supergirl Shootout, two 10-minute heats designed for the remaining field to compete in an 'expression session' for a total of $1000. Carissa Moore (Honolulu, HI), the recent 2010 U.S. Open Women's Champion, and Amy Nicholl (Drexel Hill, PA) each won $500, recording the highest scoring wave in the special events.
The next stop for the Supergirl Jam event series will be Venice Beach, California, on August 22. This event will feature the Snowboard Rail Jam, Skateboard Street and Inline Best Trick competitions starting at 12:30 p.m. All the action will be webcast on a host of major web sites including FoxSports.com, GrindTV.com, Supergirl.com and Supergirljam.com, the official online destination for the 2010 Supergirl Jam.
The entire Supergirl Jam event series will be broadcast nationally in November as part of event producer ASA Entertainment's action sports block on Fox Sports Net and FUEL TV.
For preliminary heats results and more detailed information on the Supergirl Pro Junior or the information about the 2010 Supergirl Jam event series, please visit www.Supergirljam.com.