VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia/USA (Thursday, August 23, 2012) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Coastal Edge ECSC presented by Vans returned to 1st street jetty after yesterday’s lay day and past ASP World Junior Champions Jack Freestone (Coolangatta, AUs), 20, and Kai Barger (Haiku, HI), 22, led the top seeds through the first half of Round 2 with the day’s top scores.
The Coastal Edge ECSC pres. by Vans ran the opening round of competition as well as the majority of the ASP Pro Junior event on the first two days of action and today saw the completion of the first 12 heats of Round 2.
Jack Freestone utilized the onshore winds to launch his aerial attach which led to day’s top scores. The talented Australian dedicated his heat to committed air-reverses to earn his scores of 9.17 and 8.07 scores which saw Freestone easily move through to Round 3.
“The waves came up a little bit, I’m guessing due to the tide, and that wind is so good for airs on your forehand,” Freestone said. “I was just lucky to find the waves that I got.”
Freestone entered the Coastal Edge ECSC pres. by Vans following a runner-up finish at the ASP 5-Star in Lacanau and is carrying the confidence from last week’s result. The progressive natural footer admits his performance in Europe adds a break of fresh air in to the lengthy back half of the ASP World Tour season and hopes to maintain his form in Virginia Beach.
“This is my first time here and it’s a really cool place, I love it,” Freestone said. “You’ve got the country mixed in with the surf vibe and it makes it cool. It’s good to have had the result in Lacanau because when you’ve got the back half of the year and all of the events stacked up, it’s nice when you get a good result. You get all of that confidence to take in to the next competition.”
Kai Barger unloaded a series of seamless backhand combinations on the wedgy right-handers at 1st street to take a commanding Round 2 win which included one of the event’s top scores of 9.13 out of 10.
“I’m surprised that I did well out here,” Barger said. “I’ve got a really good board under my feet and I felt like I had to wait for the bigger waves and that would be the only way I would make it through my heat. I really just waited for the good waves.”
Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), 18, was another top seed to ignite the challenging beachbreak conditions. The progressive goofy-footer got off to a slow start in his round 2 affair, but found two excellent waves while trolling the lineup to eventually post one of the day’s top heat-totals of 16.57 out of 20.
“I sat for the first 10 minutes and thought I’d be catching a lot more waves than I did,” Geiselman said. “I felt good and loose though and my board felt really nice on the couple of waves that I was able to open up on. I worked the whole lineup from the jetty to the other contest area and was pretty much just hunting.”
The Coastal Edge ECSC presented by Vans holds a waiting period from August 20 through 26, 2012 and is webcast LIVE via www.vans.com/ecsc