Arnette All Day Antics Pro Junior Upgraded to ASP Grade - 3

NEWPORT BEACH, California - The third of 10 stops on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America Pro Junior Series is just weeks away from commencement with the ASP Grade-3 Arnette All Day Antics Pro Junior presented by Jack’s Surfboards which will run at 54th Street in Newport Beach, California from June 6-7, 2009. The two day event will be web live and play host to the nation’s top ASP Pro Junior talent in what will be a critical stop in all surfer’s campaigns towards qualification for the ASP World Junior Championships.

The 2009 ASP North America Pro Junior Series is a qualifier for the ASP World Junior Championships with all surfers on the series looking to compile their best five results to earn a top three regional finish at year’s end. Arnette’s decision to upgrade their Pro Junior to an ASP Grade-3 event translates into additional points on offer in the Newport contest, which will play a vital role in each surfers qualification for the prestigious event held in Narrabeen, Australia.

“We are fired up for the second annual Arnette Pro Jr,” Arnette Brand Manager Joe Freitag said. “Coming off of such a successful event last year, and working with such great partners as Jack’s and ASG, we’ve decided to up the ante and upgrade the event to a 3-grade, giving younger competitors a greater opportunity to battle it out and earn points on the ASP North American Pro Junior Series.”

Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA), 16, is a local at 54th street and was also a qualifier for the ASP World Junior Championships last year. The talented regular-footer is hungry to post an impressive performance in front of his home crowd and is out to utilize his local knowledge in the Arnette Pro Junior to help his cause.

”Newport is my home,” Doheny said. “It is just really nice having a contest at home, but in the end it is a beachbreak so it’s all about wave ion.”

Doheny is also looking to utilize the event’s ASP Grade-3 status to help him earn back-to-back qualifications for the ASP World Junior Championships next year. Since there are two ASP Grade-3 events and one ASP Grade-4, the Nike Pier Pressure, on the 2009 calendar, the Newport Beach local is well aware of the importance of a big result at the upcoming event.

”The contest is very important,” Doheny said. “Whether or not you go to Australia will be decided by how you do at the two Grade-3’s and the Grade-4. I am really looking forward to the event and I am stoked that it is at [54th Street].”

Nat Young, who is a constant threat to all competitors on the ASP Pro Junior Series, is also on the hunt for a win at the Arnette All Day Antics Pro Junior. Young hopes that a solid result at the event at 54th Street will help pave the way to a successful campaign for the 2009 season.

”I think it is very important do well in this contest,” Young said. “Since it’s a Grade-3, there are more points involved and I think whoever wins this contest will be sitting well for qualification to worlds. There is a Grade-4 and another Grade-3, but it would be good to have a really good result early on in the year.”

Young has already had a successful year on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), with standout performances against some of the world’s finest international competitors and now he’s looking to carry the confidence earned from those events over to his regional ASP Pro Junior campaign.

“I think it definitely helps with confidence,” Young said. “I just had the hardest heat of my life at Lowers with C.J. (Hobgood) and Dane (Reynolds). However, I try not to underestimate anyone, because anyone can have a good 20 minutes. And when I do underestimate someone I usually end up losing to him.”-