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JUNIORS, LONGBOARDERS AND HOPEFULS KICKSTART THE ACTION AT THE U.S. OPEN TOMORROW

News provided by ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) NORTH AMERICA on 20 July 2006

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – The Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill kicks off tomorrow, Friday, July 21st, 2006. The Lost Pro Junior and the Honda U.S, Open Men's Trials will be the first two items featured on the action-packed agenda.

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) will sanction five separate events over the 10-day competition window running from July 21-30.

Collectively, the men’s and women’s divisions of the six-star Honda U.S. Open of Surfing, the Grade 2 Lost Pro Junior and Target Women’s Junior Pro and the O’Neill U.S. Open of Longboarding will harbor more than 500 hopefuls vying for their respective titles.

The Men’s Trials will be a hotly contested field of 96 competitors all looking for a start in the main event. The Trials will run from Friday through Sunday with the top eight surfers earning spots into the Honda Men’s U.S. Open.

The Lost Pro Junior will see the region’s top junior competitors performing in front of their largest audience this season. The U.S. Open attracts hundreds of thousands of beachgoers each year.

Eric Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), current point leader on the ASP North America Pro Junior series, has been terrorizing competitors this season earning three Pro Junior victories in five attempts. Although Geiselman, 18, has been a competitor on the ASP Pro Junior Series for a number of years, this will be his first time competing in front of the thousands of people in attendance at US Open Lost Pro Junior

“I’m not really thinking about it too much,” Geiselman said, “I’m excited to surf in front of the crowd, but I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I’m just going out there to have fun.”

The Lost Pro Junior will run from Friday through Sunday, and will narrow the 128 competitors down to the final four, who will then compete in front of a capacity crowd the following Sunday, July 30th.

Also hitting the water on Sunday, July 23rd, is the $10,000 Target Pro Junior featuring the region’s best up-and-coming junior girls.

For the North American girls, the Target Pro Junior represents the last event in this season’s schedule and will decide who goes and who stays.

For the boys, the Lost Pro Junior is the seventh event in the 10-event 2006 season, and will be one of the last chances for surfers looking to dethrone the top seeds.

All junior competitors will be looking to strengthen their chances for the highly-coveted slots into the ASP $60,000 World Junior Championships in Australia next January.



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