• Felicity gets 2nd at Billabong Girls Azores Islands Pro

Malia Manuel (Kauai, HAW) 18, has won the ASP 6-Star Billabong Girls Azores Islands Pro defeating Felicity Palmateer (Perth, AUS) 19, 11.90 to 10.40 in excellent 3-4ft peaks at Praia de Santa Barbara. The ASP PRIME Billabong Azores Islands Pro held six heats of Round One in perfect conditions with the stacked international field enjoying some high performance, rippable peaks and deep barrels to cap off a marathon day of competition.

With both finalists looking for the advantage, tactics and positioning became crucial with many position changes made by both girls. Manuel gave little importance to priority as the sets continued to pulse during the lowering tide.

Palmateer claimed her best result of the season with her first final appearance in the 2011 season. The powerhouse goofy footer ripped apart the jacking peaks in her semi-final matchup to enter the final in great form. Palmateer has jumped up the Star rankings.

'I am really excited and every heat I kept getting through and I am so happy. I haven't had any good results this year so just to make the final has given me a massive confidence boost. I am happy for Malia for winning and qualifying for the tour and happy for myself for getting second. I was sitting out there this morning and I heard the girls were on and it was pumping. It usually doesn't happen like that so I am stoked.'

Justine Dupont (Lacanau, FRA) 20, who finished equal 5th, today claimed her maiden ASP Europe Women's Open title after a fantastic season through the European events in 2011 which was capped off with another stunning performance in the ASP 6-Star Billabong Girls Azores Islands Pro. The friendly natural-footer who has amazing ability on a longboard as well, surfed the powerful Santa Barbara peaks with style and power showing her potential as one of the world's best female surfers.

'I feel really great at the moment and it is an honour to win this title. It was one of my goals because I missed out on the Pro Junior title this year so to win this is fantastic. All the French girls were competing this season. Even Pauline (Ado) has done all the contests and really wanted to win this title. I want to thank apart from Pauline, to Alizee (Arnaud) and Cannelle (Bulard) who have pushed me higher and higher in each event. The level of surfing was really high and it was difficult in every contest. I also want to thank my new coach, Richard Marsh, who was with me in Pantin and also here in the Azores and his help has been very important to me.'

The ASP 6-Star Billabong Girls Azores Islands Pro and the ASP PRIME Billabong Azores Islands Pro are scheduled from September 26 to October 2, 2011. For more information, and all upcoming results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast log-on to;

Billabong Girls Azores Islands Pro Final Result
Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.90 Def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 10.40

Billabong Girls Azores Islands Pro Semi-final Results
Heat 1: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 11.50 Def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 8.50
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.50 Def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 7.07

Billabong Girls Azores Islands Pro Quarterfinal Results
Heat 1: Rebecca Woods (AUS) 12.37 Def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 9.84
Heat 2: Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 8.43 Def. Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 6.94
Heat 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.40 Def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.33
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.40 Def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 6.67

(Article and imagery source: http://www.aspworldtour.com/2011/09/28/manuel-wins-billabong-girls-azores-islands-pro-asp-prime-begins-in-epic-waves/)