Keanu Asing Claims Nike Pier Pressure event at Huntington Beach
Amid an eclectic mix of the most talented junior surfers the world has ever seen stands 16-year-old Hawaiian Keanu Asing. With his mix of power, finesse, and progression, Keanu is the tip of the spear and is comfortably perched at the threshold of surfing's next big talent boom, ready to lay waste to the old standard and usher himself and his counterparts into surfing's history. Forget the Momentum Generation and their ilk because what Keanu and his cohorts will bring to the game will out-shadow anything we've ever seen. He's won a dozen championship events in less than 12 month
Earlier today, Keanu added yet another notch in his belt as he claimed the Nike Pier Pressure Grade-4 event at Huntington Beach in the most lackluster of conditions. Following his win monumental win, we sat down with Keanu who, despite having been on an unparalleled winning binge this year, remained his humble self.
You're having a pretty ridiculous year so far. It seems like you've won just about every major event you've entered. Now with this win scratched off your list, you're officially scaring your competition. Can you talk a little bit about your win today in Huntington?
Keanu Asing: [laughs] Yeah, it's been a really good year for me so far. The conditions today for the contest were pretty much horrible. It was tough and it was barely breaking out there, but I got a couple of scores.
How was the competition for your final?
K.A.: The guys I surfed against were so good. They're all so talented and are such good surfers. It was tough out there for sure. Those guys are just really, really good and I'm glad I won.
Can you talk about the board you rode for the final?
K.A.: I was actually riding the same board that I won on in Ecuador for the World Games. I think it's safe to say that it's a magic board.
You've won your fair share of contests this year. Do you ever get used to the feeling of winning and being carried up the beach?
K.A.: No, not really. At least I don't. I don't think I'll ever get used to that feeling…having your friends carry you up the beach. I mean, today, after I won, Rainos [Hayes] Matty [Costa] and Zeke all carried me up the beach. It's just a great experience.
So what's next for you?
Well, first we're gonna go eat some pizza at a place in Newport and then we're gonna go check out some Go-Karts…I'm pretty psyched.
Keanu Asing's Years Results
NSSA National Championships, July 2008, Lower Trestles CA, Explorer Boys National Champion
Billabong Pro Junior, August 2008, Cangue, Bali, Event Champion
USA Championships, August 2008, Huntington Beach, CA, Boys Under 16 Champion
USA Championships, August 2008, Huntington Beach, CA, Boys Under 18 Champion
Haleiwa International Open, January 2009, Winner and 3x Defending Champion
NSSA Hawaii Contest, March 2009, Haleiwa, HI, Triple Victory: 1st Place in Open
Men's, Open Jrs, and Explorer Juniors
NSSA Hawaii Regional Championships, March 2009, Kewalo Basin, HI, Double Victory: 1st Place in Open Men's and Open Juniors NSSA Hawaii Conference Champion, Open Juniors
ISA World Surfing Championships, April 2009, Ecuador, World Champion in Boys 16 & Under
Nike Pier Pressure Grade 4, June, 2009, event champ
Source: Billabong USA
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