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|Sage Erickson was super in her Supergirl Pro win in Oceanside.|
Sage Erickson claimed her first major ASP victory at the 6-star Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro on Saturday after plowing through a whole lotta formidable and highly ranked lady surfers. Erickson just wrapped her rookie year on the ASP Women's World Tour with an inspired fifth place finish at the Nike US Open. The strong back-to-back results bumped her to second on the ASP World ranking and No. 13 on the World Championship Tour ranking, so she's currently on track to rejoin the Tour as a sophomore in 2013. The 21-year-old dominated her Round of 48 heat and went on to conquer last year's Supergirl runner-up Malia Manuel and the comp's top seed, Courtney Conlogue. Erickson met New Zealand's Paige Hareb in the final, where she proceeded to [backside] carve out her place on the podium with a solid 14-point total.
"I haven't had a big victory yet and winning feels so amazing," Erickson said, "Coming in to this event, I really wanted to win. I was so inspired by Bianca Buitendag in Peru and Lakey's (Peterson) win at the US Open. I came up against some really tough matches and after I got through that heat with Courtney, I just said, 'Today's my day.'"
Before reaching the final, Hareb knocked out Jacqueline Silva, despite Silva's best performance of the year. The 33-year-old Brazilian finished equal third and will be looking at the European star events to requalify in 2013, which would be her 13th (13th!) Tour since 1999.
|Kiwi Paige Hareb added a final berth in the Supergirl Pro to her solid year.|
"It's my best result of the year so far and I'm pretty happy to get third," Silva said. "I would have liked to have made the final, but to get third going into Europe, I'm pretty happy."
At 10th and 5th on the WCT, Hareb and Conlogue certainly don't need to hustle for extra points, but they were keen to demonstrate their support of the event and pick up some additional comp practice.
"Doing this event, it's cool having a 6-Star event in North America and I want to support them and it's great practice for me," Conlogue said during the earlier rounds. "The waves are fun and I'm stoked to put a jersey on and have a contest in Oceanside."
The next women's 6-star is the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro in Pantin, Spain at the beginning of September.PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO FINAL 1 Sage Erickson (USA) 14.00