HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Sunday, February 22, 2009) – Reigning Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America Pro Junior Champion Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA), 19, is preparing to defend his regional title against the rest of the up-and-coming talent that make up the finest American Junior competitors during his final year as an ASP Pro Junior surfer.
The explosive goofy-footer kicked off his season last year by claiming the opening event of the year, the Billabong Pro Junior at Sebastian Inlet, Florida, and then managed to snag two additional event victories including the Arnette Pro Junior in Newport Beach, CA and the Oakley Pro Junior in Sea Isle City, NJ en route to claiming his maiden ASP North America Pro Junior Title. Arrambide's taste of success last year has made him hungry to back up his amazing performance by attempting a repeat regional championship.
"I really want to back up my result from last year and defend my title," Arrambide said. " That's my goal, but I don't feel too much pressure. I feel confident going into this year and it's important to me to do well again."
The competitive Californian has been dedicating his time in the off season to training, free-surfing and making adjustments to his equipment that will better prepare him for his 2009 ASP North America Pro Junior Series campaign.
"I've been focusing on making changes to my boards right now," Arrambide said. "I'm growing and have been working on making the necessary adjustments to my equipment. I've also been surfing as much as possible."
In addition to dedicating his time to dialing in his equipment, Arrambide has been surfing in some ideal locations around the world which have helped him improve upon his already impressive skills while preparing for the upcoming season.
"I'm in Hawaii right now and I also went to Australia for the ASP World Junior Championships," Arrambide said. "I also surfed a lot at home as well."
The reigning ASP Regional Junior Champion utilized his time in Australia to benefit all aspects of his surfing outside of the competition held in Narrabeen. Arrambide feels that free-surfing with the stack of international talent that make up the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships has improved all aspects of his surfing, which will make him that much more of a competitive threat this year.
"My time in Australia has definitely helped me step up my surfing," Arrambide said. "All of the international guys helped me improve my free-surfing and the trip has made me more well rounded."
To watch Cory Arrambide kick off his 2009 ASP North America Pro Junior Series campaign check out the Ezekiel Pro Junior pres. by Jack's Surfboards, which will be webcast LIVE from March 25-29, 2009 at Huntington Beach Pier.
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