ASP Grade-3 Arnette Pro Junior 2010: Opening Day

Junior surfers Jacob Halstead and John Florence gave rock star performances on opening day of the 2010 ASP Grade-3 Arnette Pro Junior Beach in California.

The 80-man field was narrowed down to 32 on opening day of the 2010 ASP North America Pro Junior Series Grade-3 Arnette Pro Junior in Newport Beach, California.

The competitors have their minds set on placing in the top four of the ASP North America Pro Junior Series so that they can qualify for the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour.

Surfers Jacob Halstead and John Florence took the lead in Newport Beach, California by pulling off the day's highest scores. Halstead stunned the crowds and advanced to the next round with a a near-perfect 9.67 out of 10 on a firing righthand Newport wall with three massive frontside turns.

“All the heats before were flat and I kind of had this strategy to sit on the inside,” Halstead said. “One of the competitors paddled himself out of position on that wave and I just went on it. It went all the way to the beach, it was a fun one.”

Rounds 1 and 2 were excellent for Jacob Halstead, but it was his performance in Round 3 that was especially impressive.

“It’s been a long day, I’ve had three heats today, but I’m stoked,” Halstead said. “I got the feel for the surf out there and what the judges are looking for and I’m stoked to get three heats out of my way and to move on to tomorrow.”

Pipeline specialist, John Florence, showed an excellent set of progressive aerials and fins-free turns in Newport Beach, which earned him two of the day’s highest single wave scores, a 9.17 and 8.67.

“The waves are super fun actually,” Florence said.  “I’d love to do well in this event though and get some points just to be able to do most of the events. I was bummed that I didn’t get into Lowers, so I want to use this event to build my Junior seed.”

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