Oceanside, CA (August 11, 2012)– 80 showed up, but only one walked away with the Supergirl Pro cape and $8,000 top prize. Sage Erickson, 21, (Ventura, CA) with endless energy and hunger, won the 2012 ASP 6-Star Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro after taking the final against Paige Herab, 22, (New Plymouth, NZL).
Spectators packed the southside of Oceanside Pier as Errickson stayed busy the entire final, starting strong with impressive backhard turns that racked up high scores. Herab was more selective, choosing solid open faces, but unfortunately never caught the wave she needed to better her score.
“I’ve haven’t had a big victory yet and winning feels so amazing,” Erickson said. “Coming in to this event, I really wanted to win. I came up against some really tough matches and after I got through that heat with Courtney (Conlogue) I just said ‘today’s my day’.”
In the semis she faced Courtney Conlogue, who posted a 9.83 with two outstanding backturns during the quarters and seemed to be on a whole other level of fierce. But this didn’t seem to phase Sage, as her consistent, skillful carving and drive to win got her to the final.
“It was definitely a super close heat and I just couldn’t find the last one,” Conlogue said. “Sage (Erickson) did a good job out there. She got over me on priority and put on a great show.”
The Oceanside victory marks a shift in momentum for Erickson after her impressive Quarterfinals finish at the US Open of Surfing and has added incentive to put together a standout year on the women’s ASP WCT for 2013.
“I haven’t had a big win in a 6-Star and I’m just looking to re-qualify for the WCT,” Erickson said. “I’ve had trouble in my rookie year and this win brings a lot of confidence going in to Europe. I really want to be on the WCT next year, so I’m really thrilled.”
PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO OFFICIAL RESULTS
Quarter 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.50, Bianca Buitendag 8.00
Quarter 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.10, Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.27
Quarter 3: Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.53, Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.87
Quarter 4: Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 12.83, Paulina Ado (FRA) 12.43
Semi 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 13.53, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.23
Semi 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) 14.03, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 10.26
First: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.00
Second: Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.00
The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and Fuel TV in the fall. Stay tuned to www.SupergirlJam.com and www.asaentertainment.com for show times, dates and more information.