NORTH NARRABEEN, New South Wales/Australia (Saturday, January 9, 2010) - Ryan Callinan (AUS) has claimed the Von Zipper Trials, earning a berth into the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fueled by Monster Energy, alongside Brent Savage (AUS) and Cody Thompson (USA).
The Von Zipper Trials whittled the 16-man field down to the final four this morning as the one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) peaks graced North Narrabeen. With time winding down in the hard-fought Final, Callinan netted the heat-winning wave on his last-ride, crowning him the VZ Trials Champ and securing a place in the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.
Callinan will face fellow Australian Owen Wright (AUS) and Clay Marzo (HAW) in Round 1 of the main event.
The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships mirrors the competition format of the ASP World Tour and is considered the sport's "crystal ball" for aspiring champions. In addition, a Final's placing in the tournament affords the successful surfers an unrivalled seeding on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) that serves as a springboard to the ASP World Tour.
Event organizers will assess conditions tomorrow at 7am for a possible 8am start.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
1 - Ryan Callinan (AUS) 9.70
2 - Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 9.50
3 - Chris Salisbury (AUS) 9.20
4 - James Woods (AUS) 6.80
SF 1: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.50, James Woods (AUS) 9.70, David Vlug (AUS) 9.40, David Tereva (TAH) 7.10
SF 2: Chris Salisbury (AUS) 13.50, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 13.50, Sam Wrench (AUS) 12.25, Perth Standlick (AUS) 11.10
Heat 1: James Woods (AUS) 13.75, David Vlug (AUS) 12.45, Cody Thompson (USA) 10.05, Teale Vanner (AUS) 8.75
Heat 2: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 9.45, David Tereva (TAH) 8.25, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 7.25, Ice Pereira-Ryan (AUS) 4.65
Heat 3: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 13.00, Chris Salisbury (AUS) 12.30, Noah Lane (AUS) 10.00, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 8.00
Heat 4: Perth Standlick (AUS) 11.50, Sam Wrench (AUS) 11.30, Brent Savage (AUS) 9.25, Brett Burcher (AUS) 5.50
Heat 1: Kiron Jabour (HAW), Keito Matsouka (JPN), Hiroto Arai (JPN)
Heat 2: Tonino Benson (HAW), Marco Fernandez (BRA), Dean Bowen (AUS)
Heat 3: Nat Young (USA), Casey Grant (ZAF), Davey Cathels (AUS)
Heat 4: Granger Larsen (HAW), Kyle Lane (ZAF), Luciana Heremoana (PYF)
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Takumi Nakamura (JPN)
Heat 6: Miguel Pupo (BRA), Maxime Huscenot (REU), Garrett Parkes (AUS)
Heat 7: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Brent Reilly (USA), Jocelyn Poulou (PYF)
Heat 8: Jadson Andre (BRA), Klee Strachan (ZAF), Brent Savage (AUS)
Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS), Clay Marzo (HAW), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 10: Alejo Muniz (BRA), Medi Veminardi (REU), Made Rhondi (IDN)
Heat 11: Stuart Kennedy (AUS), Jatyr Berasaluce (ESP), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 12: Charles Martin (GLP), Dillon Perillo (USA), Franklin Serpa (BRA)
Heat 13: Marc Lacomare (FRA), Luke Davis (USA), Frederico Moraes (PRT)
Heat 14: Manuel Selman (CHL), Cory Arrambide (USA), Chris Friend (AUS)
Heat 15: Chad Du Toit (ZAF), Arashi Kato (JPN), Cody Thompson (USA)
Heat 16: Nicolau Von Rupp (DEU), Albee Layer (HAW), Kaito Ohashi (JPN)
Heat 1: Sayuri Hashimoto (JPN), Malia Manuel (HAW), Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS), Leila Hurst (HAW), Nao Ohmura (JPN)
Heat 3: Sage Erickson (USA). Alizee Arnaud (FRA), Susa Leal (BRA)
Heat 4: Bethany Hamilton (HAW), Sarah Baum (ZAF), Gabriela Leite (BRA)
Heat 5: Pauline Ado (FRA), Joanne Defay (FRA), Alessa Cuizon (HAW)
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Felicity Palmateer (AUS)