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Surfing - 05. August 2013.

Malia Manuel Wins ASP 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro


Malia Manuel (HAW), 19, has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro over fellow ASP WCT campaigner Paige Hareb (NZL), 23, in
peaky three-to-five foot waves in Oceanside, California.

Manuel led the Ford Supergirl Pro throughout the event’s entirety, owning
the top scores of each round while progressing to the Final. The Hawaiian’s
dominance would continue while securing the major victory, belting a 9.57
and 7.67 for powerful combinations on both her forhand and backhand to earn
her first victory of the 2013 this season.

“The past couple of days, I really had motivation coming off of a tough
result at the US Open,” Manuel said. “I wanted to do well there. It’s good
to be in California, it’s like a second home to me. I wanted to get in
rhythm and just finally have that push for a good result.”

Manuel, current No. 12 on the ASP WCT, had struggled to find consistency at
the early season stops this year and hopes today’s major victory represents
a turning point in her season.

“It felt good to finally have one event where everything came together,”
Manuel said. “I’ve had such ups and downs this whole year and I was really
confident, but it just never all flowed in one contest. I’m happy it
happened here and I’m looking forward to finishing up the year.”

Paige Hareb, who finished runner-up at last year’s Ford Supergirl Pro,
matched her efforts in Oceanside again this year. The talented Kiwi put in
a polished performance throughout the entirety of the event, but was unable
to find the scores needed to surpass Manuel in the Final.

“This is my best result of the year, so I’m pretty happy, but I wish I just
could have performed a little bit better in the Final,” Hareb said. “It
just didn’t go my way. It was pretty hard to find the right one and it was
one of the hardest heats I’ve had in competition and Malia (Manuel) did

Hareb, current No 12 on the Women’s WCT, was another elite competitor
looking to potentially requalify for the ASP Top 17 via the Qualifying
Series (QS) and her second place finish will help the goofy-footer gain
traction towards attaining her goal for next season.

“I hadn’t had a good result on the QS yet this year and hopefully this will
get me up there,” Hareb said. “Hopefully I’m going to move on to Europe and
get some good results there and requalify.”

Pauline Ado (FRA), 22, marched through two rounds on the final day of
competition besting fellow French surfer Justine Dupont, 21, en route to
the final. Despite Ado’s success in the early rounds, she was unable to
find a rhythm in her Semifinals clash against Manuel, finishing equal

“I had a really good result in the US Open and getting a 3rd here is good
for my QS ranking,” Ado said. “I’m super happy overall, but I wish I surfed
better in the Semifinal. Malia (Manuel) was on every wave and I didn’t get
anything, but it was a good leg for sure.”

Ado, current No. 10 on the ASP WCT, was relieved to earn another Semifinals
finish following her Equal 3rd place result at the US Open of Surfing and
hopes to carry her momentum in to the European leg of the season.

“The two last QS events are in Europe, so I’ll have my family and friends
there and a lot of support,” Ado said. “Hopefully I can get a few more good
results under my belt and requalify for next year’s WCT.”

Alessa Quizon (HAW), 19, who entered the Ford Supergirl Pro ranked No. 4 on
the ASP Women’s World Ranking, earned her career-best result in Oceanside
with an equal 3rd place finish. The Hawaiian goofy-footer would best fellow
Oahu native Coco Ho, 22, in the Quarterfinals, but was unable to surpass
Hareb in their Semifinals affair.

“I’m really happy that I made it this far,” Quizon said. “This is my first
Semifinal in a 6-Star QS and I’ve improved so much from last year. I’ve had
a few Quarterfinals results as well and I’m feeling confident going in to
the rest of the year.”

For Ford Supergirl Pro highlights log on to www.supergirlpro.com

1 – Malia Manuel (HAW) 17.24
2 – Paige Hareb (NZL) 3.37

SF 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 16.33 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 8.27
SF 2:  Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.00 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 7.60

QF 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.50 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 8.30
QF 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.37 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 10.16
QF 3: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.77 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 10.30
QF 4: Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.63 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.84

Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.03, Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.43, Rebecca Woods
(AUS) 5.33
Heat 2: Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.26, Silvana Lima (BRA) 8.47, Anali Gomez
(PER) 7.70
Heat 3: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.50, Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.57, Bethany
Hamilton (HAW) 9.00
Heat 4: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.60, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.33, Phillipa Anderson
(AUS) 8.50

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