2012 ASP Vans Pier Classic Expects Promising Swell

Surfline, official forecasters for the 2012 ASP Vans Pier Classic, are calling for a combination of swells to build throughout the week, with a peak expected for the final day of competition.

Andrew Doheny.  Photo: HillemanThe ASP Vans Pier Classic and Vans Pro Junior are set to return to historic Huntington Beach Pier and will see several of the nation’s finest surfers compete in what are expected to be excellent conditions from March 28 through April 1, 2012.

Andrew Doheny has been given a wildcard into the top seeded round of 2012 Vans Pier Classic competition and is looking to capitalize on the valuable points on offer to build his ASP World Ranking while competing close to his Orange County home.

“This is my last year doing the Pro Juniors so I'm starting to get my feet wet in the star events,” Doheny said. “I'm lucky to have Vans, my sponsor, give me a wildcard spot. My goal is to do well in this event. It's near where I live and a win would be great and a good momentum builder for the rest of the year.”

Doheny, who finished 9th on the 2011 ASP World Junior Tour, is also looking for success in the men’s Vans Pro Junior to help him earn his right to compete against the international top juniors in his final year of eligibility in the division.

“The 4-Star Pro Junior event is really important for me to do well in,” Doheny said. “I've already missed a couple of events this year and there are only two 4-Stars and one 6-Star. To do well in this event will take some pressure away from me. I'm hoping to end my last year as a Pro Junior in a positive way.”

Conner Coffin, who is coming to California for the Vans Pier Classic fresh off of a win at the Pipeline Pro Junior, will carry the confidence gained from his achievement in Hawaii while looking for success in both the ASP Pro Junior and men’s 4-Star events.

“Winning the Pipe Pro Junior has definitely helped with my confidence,” Coffin said. “It had been a really long time since I'd won a major contest and I kept coming really close. To get that first Junior win under my belt feels really nice and I think it will take a lot of pressure off moving forward.”

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