Malia Manuel Wins Skull Candy Pro Junior

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SEBASTIAN, Florida (Friday, March 12, 2010) – The Association of Surfing
Professionals (ASP) North America Pro Junior Series season opener saw local
Floridian Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), 16, clinch the ASP Grade-3
Ron Jon SI Pro presented by Skullcandy while young Hawaiian talent Malia
Manuel (Wailua, HI), 16, won the ASP Grade-2 Skullcandy Junior Pro in
one-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at Florida’s iconic break of Sebastian

With qualification for the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour (WJT) on the line
via this year’s regional series, the early season ratings’ lead picked up by
Geiselman and Manuel could prove vital in their chance to battle the globe’s
best for the title of ASP World Junior Champion.

Geiselman, who was a runner up at the ASP Grade-2 Billabong Pro Junior at
Sebastian Inlet in 2008, proved to be untouchable at this year’s Ron Jon SI
Pro event, marching to victory after getting a slow start in the final to
best Hawaiian standout Keanu Asing (Ewa Beach, HI), 16, and Californians
Gabe Garcia (Carlsbad, CA), 19, and Chase Wilson (Newport Beach, CA), 18.

“The final started off slow for me and I hadn’t caught a wave after the
first five minutes,” Geiselman said. “Then I caught two quick waves and had
to play the dirty work and sit on second in the last five minutes.”

After several close finishes in ASP Pro Junior events, the Ron Jon SI Pro
victory marks the first ASP Pro Junior Series win for the young Floridian,
and clinching the event close to home made his inaugural win that much more

“I’m really stoked and don’t even know what to say,” Geisleman said. “To win
this contest so close to home with so many great Pro Junior surfers from up
and down the East Coast, California and Hawaii, it means a lot.”

The crucial ASP Grade-3 points earned by Geiselman also establish that
talented goofy-footer as the early season ratings leader and leader of the
pack towards qualification towards this year’s ASP WJT.

“It’s a great start to my year,” Geiselman said. “This is one of the bigger
contests of the year since it’s a Grade-3 and it gives me some momentum
going into the next event.”

Manuel, who is the reigning women’s ASP North America Pro Junior Series
Champion, wasted no time in becoming familiar with Sebastian Inlet during
her first trip to Florida and continues to establish herself as a top threat
amongst her junior peers while continuing to hold her regional junior series
points lead.

“The final really slowed down with the high tide, but I was lucky to find a
couple of waves,” Manuel said. “It really came down to who just got the
right ones in the final, but I just kept moving around and managed to get a
couple of scores.”

Manuel is another talent who is hoping to qualify for the ASP WJT and feels
that the Skullcandy Junior Pro victory will help the young Hawaiian pave the
path towards competing against the globe’s best juniors in the future.

“It’s a great start to my year and I’m so thankful to have a couple of
events to try and qualify for this year’s World Junior Tour,” Manuel said.
“I haven’t competed in about a month, so this is a great way to start of the
new year.”

The ASP North America Pro Junior Series will continue with the ASP Grade-2
Ezekiel Pro Junior presented by Jack’s Surfboards, which will run from March
24 through 28, 2010.

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