Royden Bryson 

Royden Bryson has clinched the 2009 ASP Africa men’s title with a record haul of points and prize-money after the conclusion of the mid-year international surfing contest season in South Africa.

Bryson, 26, who grew up in East London but relocated to Cape Town three years ago, was in dominant form in the four ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) events staged in SA this year. He won the 1-Star rated Lizzard Nandos Pro in Durban, finished runner-up in the 5-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Cape Town and placed equal 17th in both the 6-Star Prime rated Quiksilver Pro Durban and the 6-Star Mr Price Pro Ballito.

Bryson accumulated 4 263 points, nearly 700 more than ASP Africa runner-up Travis Logie (Durban), and set a prize-money record by pocketing R102 350, more than double that earned by any of the other 96 ASP Africa members.

Logie finished just 62 points ahead of Ricky Basnett (Bluff) and 66 ahead of fourth placed rising star Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) in the ASP Africa ratings. Bryson, Logie and Basnett all lost their places amongst the top 45 ranked surfers on the ASP World Tour at the end of 2008 and are determined to re-qualify for the 2010 Dream Tour.

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Nat Young 

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Hurley U.S. Open of Surfing ran the first 18 heats of the Round of 144 and saw Santa Cruz standout Nat Young, 18, crush the event’s highest scores en route to his Round of 96 berth. Reigning ASP World Junior Champion Kai Barger (Haiku, HI), 19, also displayed an impressive performance on the way to his heat win.

All surfers competing at this year’s Hurley U.S. Open are not only looking to take advantage of the crucial ratings points on offer towards qualification for a spot on the 2010 ASP World Tour, but are also out to claim the historic winner-take-all US$100,000 prize purse which Hurley has put up for this year’s main event winner.

Young utilized his deadly backhand attack on a Huntington righthander to blast the event’s top single wave score of 9.47 out of 10 with three massive beyond-vertical turns. The Santa Cruz standout attached the near-perfect score with an additional impressive forehand ride to earn the highest heat total of the day as well, a 16.23 out of 20.

“The waves are really fun and I kind of sat off by myself a little bit,” Young said. “There are waves coming in everywhere and it’s just who gets the waves. Luckily they came to me. On that nine, it was a nice peaky one that wasn’t too closed out. I did three turns and I think it was one of the bigger waves, so that’s probably why it was a good score.”

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Laura Enever 

Noah Lane (Rainbow Beach/Queensland) and Laura Enever (North Sydney Beaches/NSW) have won the Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s divisions of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Australasia Fantastic Noodles Pro Junior.

In very good three-to-four feet (1 meter) surf both surfers produced outstanding 9 point plus rides to secure today’s wins.

Laura Enever ‘s victory was one of the best of her career and has further extended her lead on the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series Women’s ratings for 2009.

Seventeen year old Enever was staring at a big defeat at the half way stage in the final which saw Tyler Wright open with a strong 7.75 and shortly after take a commanding lead with an excellent 8.75.

Enever, with just two moderate scoring rides was requiring a combination of scores to take the lead and with just 10 minutes remaining in the 30 minute final she found an excellent wave, unleashed four major bottom to powerful top turn snaps and found herself right back in the final when she was awarded the finals top scoring ride of a 9.25.

Her task was still difficult, requiring a 7.25 to win with Wright also holding priority and by the time Enever had returned to the outside peak the final had less than 5 minutes to go.

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