Conditions improved for the final day of the Billabong Sebastian Inlet Pro Junior as Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA) and Christa Alves (Cocoa Beach, FL) were crowned men’s and women’s champions respectively in improved two-to-three foot (1 metre) wind swell, wrapping the opening event of the 2008 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America Pro Junior Series.
Extending competition an extra day to accommodate the swell, the Billabong Sebastian Inlet Pro Junior resumed today with Round 4 and the surfers reveled in the improved conditions. The short interval swell on hand provided each heat with consistent surf giving every competitor a chance to display their surfing talents.
Arrambide was undoubtedly the standout surfer of the day, dominating the final over Evan Thompson (Jacksonville Beach, FL) and brothers Eric and Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL). Arrambide’s superior surfing in the men’s final forced his opponents in a combination situation by posting the highest total heat score of the event with an impressive 17.50 out of a possible 20 points. This prodigious goofy-footer placed a solid backhand attack on the rights at Sebastian Inlet, stamping an impression on the competition as the man to beat as the year continues.
“Arrambide peaked at the right time. He was clearly the best surfer in the event today as he put it together with a deserving win.” Mike Parsons, Billabong Sebastian Inlet Pro Junior Event Director, said.
The victory for Arrambide puts him in first place overall on the 2008 ASP North America Pro Junior series, as he earns 500 points towards his qualification for the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.
Evan Geiselman, (New Symrna Beach, Fl) and older brother Eric Geiselman (New Symrna Beach, Fl) also had good showings with younger brother Evan finished second with Eric finishing closely behind in third.
In the ASP Grade-1 Women’s Pro Junior, Floridian Alves posted one of her best finishes to date, defeating a stacked final in Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), Sage Erickson (Ojai, CA) and Haley Watson (Jacksonville Beach, FL).
This victory crowns Alves as the 2008 ASP North America Pro Junior Champion and ensures her a spot at the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior Championships in Australia next January.
Joining Alves at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships will be Conlogue, who had a solid showing this past season.
While the girls have been decided, the men have just begun with the next stop on the 2008 ASP North America Pro Junior Series being the ASP Grade-2 Ezekiel Pro Junior at Huntington Beach, CA from Mar. 26-30, 2008.
RESULTS: Billabong Sebastian Inlet Pro Junior (ASP Grade-2 Pro Junior event)
1 - Cory Arrambide (USA) 17.50
2 – Evan Geiselman (USA) 10.50
3 – Eric Geiselman (USA) 10.25
4 – Evan Thompson (USA) 7.55
RESULTS: Billabong Sebastian Inlet Pro Junior (ASP Grade-1 Pro Junior event)
1 – Christa Alves (USA) 11.15
2 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.35
3 – Haley Watson (USA) 6.80
4 – Sage Erickson (USA) 6.75
Source: ASP North America