Nat Young conquers the Vans Pier Classic 2012

April 2, 2012 | Surfing
Nat Young: his name is a trademark

Nat Young has taken the Vans Pier Classic, in wild 6-to-10 foot surf, while Keanu Asing took out the Vans Pro Junior, at the Huntington Beach Pier, California.

Young found two lefthanders during the final, opening his campaign with a 7.60 for several committed turns and a floater-to-barrel combination on his backup ride for a 7.47 to solidify the Vans Pier Classic win over Nathan Yeomans, Chris Ward and Chase Wilson.

"I knew I got the 7.6 and I wasn't sure, I thought I just needed a backup wave the whole time," Young said.

"Nate had a 9 and I'm just happy I got that one at the end because I didn't even know he had the 9. I'm just happy to come away with the win. It was super easy to get lost because it's hard to stay in position. I got stuck inside for about five minutes and I'm just happy to come out on top."

The standout goofy-footer is hoping to carry the confidence from his hard-earned victory today to the upcoming ASP Prime event at Lower Trestles next month to aid in his campaign towards qualification for the ASP World Championship Tour.

"It feels good to just get a win," Young said. "I haven't had one in awhile. To get a win at the start of this year is great and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."

Keanu Asing's tactics of careful wave selection proved to be vital in the Vans Pro Junior Final. The Oahu native opened his campaign with a 7-point ride and maintained the lead throughout the heat's entirety despite a late-heat charge from Andrew Doheny, who finished in second.

"I can't even explain how I feel," Asing said. "I feel like I've worked really hard and this stuff is right up my alley. I'm really exhausted and lost for words right now with this win".

"To start off with a solid score like that is huge, it's a lot of weight off of your shoulders. Instead of playing catch up, you're looking to replace scores and it allowed me to select better waves. To get a good lead like that was real crucial."

Asing, a standout on the ASP Pro Junior Series, is now in excellent position to qualify for the ASP World Junior Tour compliments of the Vans Pro Junior's ASP 4-Star status.

"It's a big weight off of my back to get this one out of the way and get a win with this being a 4-Star," Asing said. "Winning a junior with this many points is huge for my rating and crucial for the ASP World Juniors."

Vans Pier Classic 2012 | Final

1. Nat Young (USA) 15.07
2. Nathan Yeomans (USA) 14.87
3. Chris Ward (USA) 10.66
4. Chase Wilson (USA) 7.00

Vans Pro Junior 2012 | Final

1. Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.07
2. Andrew Doheny (USA) 11.37
3. Ian Gentil (HAW) 7.93
4. Conner Coffin (USA) 4.77