Sage Erickson Wins the Women’s US Open Pro Junior

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On Saturday, 19-year old,Sage Erickson gave a landmark performance when she claimed the Women’s US Open Pro Junior title in a stacked final. Erickson took an early lead and edged out last year’s Pro Junior winner and O’Neill teammate, Malia Manuel, and clinched her first ASP victory with a final score of 10.20 to 7.56. The title was Erickson’s first competition win and with Manuel by her side, signals a bright future for Team O’Neill.

“This is an awesome experience, I can’t believe it,” said Erickson. “I came in second last year with Malia (Manuel) getting the score in the last couple of seconds, so she definitely pushed me out there this time. It was a good battle in the Finals, and it feels great to win here in front of all these people and stand next to my friend and teammate.”

Surfers competing in the US Open of Surfing are out to clinch crucial ratings points towards their ASP World Ranking. ASP Pro Junior surfers look to finish atop their regional ratings to qualify for the ASP World Junior Tour. Next, Smith will take his number-one world ranking to the ASP World Tour stop at Teahupoo, Tahiti, August 23rd-September 3rd. Meanwhile, Erickson and Manuel will head to World Juniors in Bali, Indonesia from October 2nd-13th.

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