International Field Does Battle at ASP Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America Pro Junior Series kicked off the ASP Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure in peaky two-foot (1 metre) conditions at South Huntington Beach Pier this past weekend.

Kolohe Andino’s combined heat totals of 16.50 and 15.40, both out of 20, saw him advance into the Round of 32 where he will face the event’s top seeds.  Copyright: Brent HillemanA barrage of up-and-coming talent battled for the heightened points available at the premier event. The Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure’s ASP Grade-4 status makes the event the most critical stop on all surfers’ campaigns in qualification for the ASP World Junior Championships held in Narrabeen, Australia. All surfers on the ASP North American Pro Junior Series are looking to compile their best four results throughout the year in an attempt to finish within the top three on the ratings to earn their spot in the coveted event. Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 15, convincingly won two heats today over the tough international competition at the Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure despite the drastic change in conditions from his low-tide morning heat to his high tide afternoon heat which had a gusty north wind. Andino’s combined heat totals of 16.50 and 15.40, both out of 20, saw him advance into the Round of 32 where he will face the event’s top seeds. “I’m stoked to have two good heats out here,” Andino said. “Each heat gets harder and even though the conditions are worse overall, when you get a good one, I think they’re actually better. They’re bigger and fuller on the higher tide and this morning it was pretty dead on the low tide.” The young San Clemente standout is hoping he can carry his early round momentum through to the Round of 32, where he has struggled to advance in the past. “Every contest I do, I have a good Round of 64 and Round of 48 heat and then I lose in the Round of 32,” Andino said. “Hopefully I can put together a good heat tomorrow and break that Round of 32. I have a tough heat in the morning, but hopefully it goes well.” Chase Wilson (Newport Beach, CA), 18, also turned heads on the opening day of competition matching the day’s highest single wave score of a 9.25 out of 10 in his Round of 48 heat which saw him advance through to the Round of 32. “Early on in the heat I got a couple of scores, but I fell on the inside,” Wilson said. “Luckily I got that one at the end that allowed me to do a couple of good turns and I got the 9.” Wilson utilized his familiarity of the Huntington Beach to advance through his heat. “I live in Newport and I’ve been surfing here the last few days in the afternoons to get used to these conditions,” Wilson said. “I’m used to this kind of surf.” Oliver Kurtz (Vero Beach, FL), 18, issued the day’s upset when he ousted 2007 ASP World Junior runner-up Tonino Benson (Kona, HI), 17, while claiming his Round of 48 heat win in the tough afternoon conditions. “That was a really tough heat,” Kurtz said. “The waves were just horrible and I usually don’t do well in heats like that, but there’s just nothing you can do about the conditions. Either way, it’s good to get through the round, especially against a guy like Tonino (Benson)."

Keanu Asing, winner of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure at South Huntington Beach Pier.  Copyright: Brent Hilleman
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