Tyler Wright Eliminated At Billabong World Junior Championships

Billabong ASP World Junior Championships
Fueled by Monster Energy
ASP World Junior Tour
North Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
January 8 – 16, 2011

World Champ Hopeful Tyler Wright Eliminated; Aussie Laura Enever & France’s Alizee Arnaud In Title Contention

North Narrabeen, Sydney, AUS (Sunday, January 9, 2011) – Highly touted number one women’s seed, Tyler Wright (Lennox Head, NSW, AUS) has been eliminated from Round 3 of the Billabong ASP World Junior Surfing Championships which continued today in building 1-to-1.5m waves at North Narrabeen, near Sydney, Australia.

Ellie Jean Coffey.

Ellie Jean Coffey.

Local wildcard, Ellie-Jean Coffey (Crescent Head, NSW, AUS) caused the shock upset, Coffey finding the better waves in the shifty beachbreak conditions to oust Wright on a two-wave combined heat total of 10.73 points.

At just 16, Wright has already qualified for the elite 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour and in she holds the record as youngest surfer to ever win a professional tournament by claiming the Beachley Classic at Manly, Australia in 2007 aged 14.

World Junior giant killer Ellie Jean Coffey.

World Junior giant killer Ellie Jean Coffey.

Today, however, with a possible world title in her grasp, Wright struggled to find her winning form.

Coffey capitalised by linking together the better manoeuvres and ultimately walked away with the win, eliminating Wright from title contention in equal 9th place.

The elimination opens the door for local hope and defending Billabong ASP World Junior Champion, Laura Enever, and number two seed, Alizee Arnaud (Hossegor, FRA) of France.

Laura Enever gets some last minute coaching advice as she preps for her heat at North Narrabeen.

Laura Enever gets some last minute coaching advice as she preps for her heat at North Narrabeen.

Both Enever and Arnaud have secured semi-final berths. If Arnaud can defeat Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) of South Africa in her semi-final, the 20 year-old will secure the Billabong ASP World Junior Title. If Arnaud loses, Enever must win the tournament to claim back-to-back World Junior Titles.

The spoiler for Enever could be Arnaud’s travelling partner and friend, Justine Dupont (FRA). Enever has drawn the Frenchwoman in Semi-final 1.

Laura Enever.

Laura Enever.

French surfers have an excellent history at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships. Pauline Ado (FRA) became the first French surfer to claim a world junior title in 2008 and last year Maxime Huscenot (FRA) claimed the men’s division.

Competition is expected to continue tomorrow, Monday January 10th. Organisers will make an official call on proceedings at 07:00 am (AUS EDT).

For more information, including scores, heat totals, heat draws, pictures and contacts log onto www.billabongpro.com.

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Upcoming Semi-finals:
SF1: Justine Dupont (FRA) v Laura Enever (AUS)
SF2: Alizee Arnaud (FRA) v Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Quarterfinals Results:
QF1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 15.10 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.83
QF2: Laura Enever (AUS) 15.77 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.27
QF3: Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 11.63 def. Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 10.34
QF4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.17 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 10.63

Billabong ASP Women’s world Junior Championships Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.83 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 10.47
Heat 2: Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.66 def. Camila Cassia (BRA) 8.17
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.43 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 12.73
Heat 6: Laura Enever (AUS) 12.54 def. Minato Takahashi (JPN) 5.90
Heat 5: Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS) 10.73 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 9.60
Heat 6: Alizee Arnaud (FRA) 12.70 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 11.53
Heat 7: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.43 def. Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 9.57
Heat 8: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 14.23 def. Nao Omura (JPN) 8.77

Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 6.44, Minato Takahashi (JPN) 6.27, Diana Cristina (BRA) 0
Heat 2: Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 15.44, Justine Dupont (FRA) 12.33, Chantelle Rautenbach (ZAF) 9.50

Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Men’s Round 2 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Ciao Ibeli (BRA) vs. Keala Naihe (HAW)
Heat 2: Marc Lacomare (FRA) vs. Tom Cloarec (FRA)
Heat 3: Shaun Joubert (ZAF) vs. Arashi Kato (JPN)
Heat 4: Davey Cathels (AUS) vs. Enrique Ariitu (PYF)
Heat 5: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) vs. Hiroto Arai (JPN)
Heat 6: Ian Gouveia (BRA) vs. Andrew Doheny (USA)
Heat 7: Charles Martin (GLP) vs. Takumi Nakamura (JPN)
Heat 8: Chris Salisbury (AUS) vs. Evan Thompson (USA)
Heat 9: Alex Smith (HAW) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 10: Nic Von Rupp (DEU) vs. Ian Gentil (USA)
Heat 11: Evan Geiselman (USA) vs. Kaishu Tanaka (JPN)
Heat 12: Luke Davis (USA) vs. Kaito Ohashi (JPN)
Heat 13: Krystian Kymerson (BRA) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Heat 14: Tero Tahutini (PYF) vs. Filipe Jervis (PRT)
Heat 15: Albee Layer (HAW) vs. Kaimana Jaquias (HAW)
Heat 16: Dean Bowen (AUS) vs. Guillermo Satt (CHL)

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships waiting period runs from January 8 through 16, 2011 and is webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

The Billabong ASP World junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy is made possible with the support of Sony, Volkswagon, VonZipper, Nixon, Australia’s Surfing Life Magazine, Manly Warringah Council and NSW Sport and Recreation.

The Billabong ASP World Junior Championship fuelled by Monster Energy is the second and final event on the 2010 ASP World Pro Junior Tour and decides the men’s and women’s ASP Pro Junior World Champions. It features the top 45 rated men plus three wildcards and the top 17 rated women plus one wildcard. Total prize money is US$95,000.