International Field Stands Out at Day 1 of Nike Pier Pressure pres. by Jack’s Surfboards

Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure presented by Jack’s Surfboards – ASP Grade-4 Pro Junior
Event No. 5 on the 2008 ASP North America Pro Junior Series (Men)
Huntington Beach, California, United States of America
June 29 – 30, 2008

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Friday, June 27, 2008) – The 2008 ASP North America Pro Junior Series stamped one into the history books today with the nation’s first ASP Grade-4 Pro Junior event, the Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure pres. by Jack’s Surfboards. Today’s competition kicked off with an international onslaught of competitors in two-to-three foot (1 metre) peaky surf at south Huntington Beach pier.

The Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure is stop No. 5 on the 2008 ASP North America Pro Junior Series, and is offering the largest prize purse as well as the most qualification points available for ASP North America Pro Junior competitors. The enhanced prize purse, and valuable ratings points towards qualifying for the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships drew in an eclectic mix of international talent to Huntington for today’s competition.

Julian Wilson, (Coolum, AUS) who is also new to competing in Huntington Beach, dominated all three of his heats today, leading the international charge. Wilson posted some of the day’s highest heat total of 15.00 out of possible 20 in the less than desirable surf.

“I haven’t surfed many heats out here, so I’m still trying to get the feel of it,” Wilson said. “I guess you’ve just got to catch a bunch of waves, and try to get two turns out the back. I think I caught about nine waves in that heat, and only got two good ones that gave me the turns out the back.”

With conditions deteriorating throughout the day, Wilson based his strategy on wave quantity, hoping to find a couple of waves that would line up.

“This is just the start of the contest, so the competition is going to get harder as the event goes on,” Wilson said. “I don’t think it matters who you’re surfing against right now because it’s just wind chop, so you’re pretty much surfing against yourself, and you just hope to get a couple of turns because whoever gets the waves in these conditions gets through the heat.”

Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Heads, AUS) showed why he is current No. 1 on the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series, advancing through three heats today over his North American competitors.

“I’m just trying to take it heat by heat, and trying to get more comfortable because I haven’t surfed a competition in about a month and a half,” Kennedy said. “I won the last contest at home, so it’s a good confidence builder coming to a different country. I’ve never competed overseas before, and I’m just trying to enjoy my time over here.”

The previous victory in Australia proved to be a valuable confidence boost for Kennedy, as he displayed his successful heat strategy against his North American competitors, moving through his heats at the unfamiliar beach break.

“It’s a good setup and all the boys get spoiled with how much money the sponsors put into these events, and it’s good to be a part of it,” Kennedy said.

Kai Barger (Haiku, HI) was another one to watch, as he put his wildcard entry to good use today by dropping the day’s highest single wave score of a 9.25 out of possible 10 points.

“I caught this right out the back, and got a few turns, and then I switched directions, and got two snaps on the reform, so I’m stoked to get the 9.25 for how bad the conditions were,” Barger said.

Barger’s domineering performance was displayed in a stacked heat against fellow international campaigner Wilson, Kiron Jabour (North Shore, HI) and Bruno Rodrigues (Huntington Beach, CA). The young Hawaiian’s combined heat score of 13.90 out of possible 20.00 points was good enough for second place, advancing him into the Round of 32 tomorrow.

“I love surfing against the big names when I’m making it through, but if I’d lost I wouldn’t have been so happy,” Bargerr said.

Tomorrow will see top ASP North America Pro Junior Series seeds Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), Adam Wickwire (Satellite Beach, FL), Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA), Travis Beckmann (Vero Beach, FL), and Eric Geiselman (Melbourne, FL) tackle today’s international contingent.

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Results- Day 1
Round of 80 (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 11.00, Mike McCabe (USA) 10.50, Michael Howard (USA) 9.35, Ford Archbold (USA) 7.00
Heat 2: Nick Suhadolnik (USA) 11.60, Andrew Bennett (USA) 8.20, David Price (USA) 7.85, Kedren Ferrero (USA) 7.15
Heat 3: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 14.25, Tyler Newton (USA) 9.70, Vince Boulanger (USA) 8.15, Victor Done (6.25)
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.00, TJ Mortellaro (USA) 6.80, Hugo Cornec (FRA) 6.00, Matt Gallagher (USA) 4.50
Heat 5: Chris Salisbury (AUS) 12.40, Spencer Regan (USA) 9.95, Michael Peyton (USA) 9.00, Thomas Petriken (USA) 5.00
Heat 6: Thomas Clarke (USA)7.25, Liam Michelbrink (USA) 6.95, Brad Hagglund (USA) 4.85,Brightton Brandenburger (USA) 4.65
Heat 7: Billy Kemper (USA) 12.75, Ryan Burch (USA) 9.35, Colton Larson (USA) 8.05, Tanner Deprin (USA) 6.75
Heat 8: Nate Zoller (USA) 7.95, Nick Riley (AUS) 7.18, Matt McCabe (USA) 6.50, Jared Thorne (USA) 5.15

Round of 64 (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Quinn McCrystal (USA) 13.75, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 13.25, Andrew Bennett 8.10, Oliver Kurtz (USA) 7.90
Heat 2: Nick Suhadolnik (USA) 9.95, Mike McCabe (USA) 9.50, Brett Barley (USA) 7.50, Balaram Stack (USA) 5.95
Heat 3: Dane Zaun (USA) 12.50, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 12.25, Gabe Garcia (USA) 9.50, TJ Mortellaro (USA) 5.50
Heat 4:  Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.00, Tyler Newton (HAW) 7.40, Chris Eaves (USA) 6.05, Sean Poynter (USA) 5.15
Heat 5: Chris Salisbury (AUS) 13.45, Nick Bland (USA) 11.50, Liam Michelbrink (USA) 6.50, Rob Kelly (USA) 6.25
Heat 6: Fisher Heverly (USA) 8.25, Matt Pagan (USA) 7.35, Thomas Clarke (USA) 5.60, Spencer Regan (USA) 4.63
Heat 7: Tayler Brothers (USA) 10.95, Nick Riley (AUS) 10.75, Billy Kemper (HAW) 10.30, Kelsey Strickland (USA) 8.05
Heat 8: Daniel Shea (USA) 14.90, Dillon Perillo (USA) 12.90, Nate Zoller (USA) 8.85, Ryan Burch (USA) 8.20

Round of 48 (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Hunter Heverly (USA) 14.75, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 12.15, Mike McCabe (USA) 9.15, Ben Graeff (USA) 5.45
Heat 2: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 14.90, Evan Thompson (USA) 12.00, Nick Suhadolnik (USA) 8.00, Dewey Cunnison (USA) 5.7
Heat 3: Logan Strook (USA) 12.35, Tyler Newton (HAW) 10.75, Dane Zaun (USA) 10.40, Riley Metcalf (USA) 9.85
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.00, Kai Barger (HAW) 13.90, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 13.50, Bruno Rodrigues (USA) 8.85
Heat 5: Chris Salisbury (AUS) 11.60, Matt Pagan (USA) 11.35, Colin Schildhauer (USA) 8.50, Jason Harris (USA) 6.25
Heat 6: Fisher Heverly (USA) 12.25, Michael Dunphy (USA) 10.50, Nick Bland (USA) 5.95, Jensen Callaway (USA) 5.85
Heat 7: Phillip Goold (USA) 12.60, Dillon Perillo (USA) 9.00, Tayler Brothers (USA) 7.50, Kyle Kennelly (USA) 7.15
Heat 8: Luke Davis (USA) 13.60, Nick Rupp (USA) 13.05, Nick Riley (AUS) 12.75, Daniel Shea (USA) 8.40