Grand Strand’s Richards wins first ASP Pro event

camGarden City Beach’s Cam Richards won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 2-Star Ron Jon Vans Junior Pro at Shepard Park this past weekend in windy one-to-two foot surf.

The Ron Jon Vans Junior Pro represents the third stop on the 2014 ASP North America Pro Junior Series, offering crucial points towards qualification for the ASP World Junior Championships. The event features the best competitors in the Under 21 age group.

Cam Richards took out his first career ASP Pro Junior victory, besting California standout Parker Coffin, Venezuela’s Derek Gomez and Floridian Tristan Thompson. Richards earned the day’s high-scores in the Semifinal of an excellent 16.76 and maintained his form throughout the final, while current regional rankings frontrunner Parker Coffin would take runner up.

Cam Richards (South Carolina): “Today was fun. I’m glad we waited for waves. I free surfed this morning and I felt good and my board felt good. I started with a good Semifinal this morning and wanted to keep the momentum going. I’m glad I did.

“This is my first Pro Junior win. I’ve very surprised and I’m really happy. I’m glad to start my year off with a win. They’re not easy to win, so I’m really glad I won this one. It’s my first Junior of the year and I’m hoping to re-qualify for the World Junior Championships.

“Surfing against all of those kids is a different platform and I’m hoping to get there again. We don’t get many chances to surf against a lot of the international competitors and it’s a good opportunity.”

Parker Coffin (Santa Barbara, CA): “When the waves are that windy, I think it’s better to catch a bunch of waves. You never know. I’m happy to be leading the Junior Rankings. My goal is to qualify for worlds. I’ve missed it the last few years. I want to try and win the junior series and there’s still a lot more work to do.”

Ron Jon Vans Junior Pro Men’s Final Result:
1 – Cam Richards (USA) 15.00
2 – Parker Coffin (USA) 11.87
3 – Derek Gomez (VEN) 11.00
4 – Tristan Thompson (USA) 8.34

Photo Courtesy of the ASP/Ferguson

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