PAUL MITCHELL NEON SUPERGIRL PRO WRAPS DAY 1 WITH STRONG SWELL, IMPRESSIVE WAVES, AND BREAKOUT PERFORMANCES.  SETTING THE BATTLEGROUND FOR DAY 2 AT OCEANSIDE PIER  AS RISING TALENT FACES THE TOP NAMES IN SURFING 

Newport Beach, CA’s Meah Collins had a strong showing, winning her Round 2 heat on Day One. Photo Credit: Steinmetz for ASA Entertainment.
PAUL MITCHELL NEON SUPERGIRL PRO WRAPS DAY 1 WITH STRONG SWELL, IMPRESSIVE WAVES, AND BREAKOUT PERFORMANCES.
SETTING THE BATTLEGROUND FOR DAY 2 AT OCEANSIDE PIER
AS RISING TALENT FACES THE TOP NAMES IN SURFING
 The Free Event Continues with Jam-Packed Weekend Also Features Nissan Concert Series –Including The Vamps– Supergirl Gamer Pro women’s esports Tournament, Festival Village, an All-Female DJ Contest, and More.

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (July 27, 2018) – Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro, one of the largest female surfing competition in the world, kicked off its 12th anniversary with outstanding early rounds of surfing in three-to-four foot waves that streamed south of the Oceanside Pier. Some of the best up-and-coming threats in the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) sent off warning shots with big performances throughout opening day and now prepare for heavyweight bouts against some of the world’s best Championship Tour (CT) women, beginning Saturday morning.

One of last year’s Supergirl Pro top performers, Kobie Enright (AUS), who finished the 2017 competition with a Quarterfinal result, is back looking for more of the same. The Australian started off brilliantly in her Round 2 debut, posting a 15.23 (out of a possible 20) heat total, with powerful forehand surfing despite a wave-starved heat to begin. But, Enright’s patience was key and she capitalized on both opportunities that came her way.

“It turned out to be beautiful day and it’s great to get a start like that,” Enright said. “This is one of my favorite events because I feel like it’s one where all the girls come together and get behind each other. It’s always nice to get a bit of momentum and I just want to keep it going. Of course you always want to do better than previous years, but to take it all is the goal and I am just hoping to do my best.”

Meah Collins (USA) put an end to the international dominance with a superb showing in Round 2 heat win over Isabella Nichols (AUS), Felicity Palmateer (AUS), and Hinoko Kurokawa (JPN). The Newport Beach, CA native added that performance on top of a Round 1 victory to start the day and now carries serious steam into the weekend. It’s been a tough start to the 18-year-old’s first full year on the QS, but Collins knows what it takes to overcome those adversities.

“I came into this contest just hoping for the best after I did really well here last year and now just want to do even better,” Collins said. “This event feels like home and I’m just trying to enjoy myself, and keep the competitive face on. I’m just going to give it my best and keep a smile on my face at the end of the day.”

Another California native, San Clemente’s Samantha Sibley (USA) earned an impressive Round 2 victory of her own with a 14.07 heat total over an in-form Dominic Barona (ECU), who also advanced. The 16-year-old continues a busy summer of competing after a handful of amateur events between the Los Cabos Open of Surf and here in Oceanside, but all the time spent in a jersey is only helping the young competitor. Now, Sibley’s hopes of taking on the world’s best are in action as she will face Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in her Round 3 heat.

“I’m really excited and just hope to get a heat against one of the CT girls since they’re my idols,” Sibley said. “The stacked list of girls in this event is insane and I’m just excited to try and keep going through more heats. We need more events like this that empower women and make us feel strong, and it’s super inspiring.”

Other notable Round 2 heat victors include former CT competitors Alessa Quizon (HAW) and Dimity Stoyle (AUS), last year’s Vans US Open of Surfing wildcard Maud Le Car (FRA), and Big Wave Tour competitor Justine Dupont (FRA), and QS veteran Ella Williams (NZL). The competition returns to the waves tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m.

WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP: FREE NISSAN CONCERT SERIES, DJ CONTEST & MORE
The free event runs through the weekend and is packed with entertainment, including a pro skateboarding competition, the Supergirl Gamer Pro esports tournaments, and live music as part of the Nissan Concert Series featuring The Vamps, Drake Bell, Madison Beer, Josie Dunne, and more. Plus, fans can explore the Festival Village with complimentary hair styling at the onsite Paul Mitchell Neon style salon, meet-and-greets with the pros, vendors and more.

For more detailed information on the Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro, please visit www.supergirlpro.com

SATURDAY CONTEST AND EVENT SCHEDULE
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.              Round of 48 Surf Heats
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.            Supergirl Gamer Pro League of Legends and Smash 4 Tournaments
1 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.         Round of 24 Surf Heats
2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.         Curb Queens Skate Pro
2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.    Sound Session Female DJ Competition
5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.         Supergirl Concert Series: Josie Dunn
5:35 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.    Supergirl Concert Series: The Vamps

SUNDAY CONTEST AND EVENT SCHEDULE
8 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.        Round of 16 Surf Heats
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.             Supergirl Gamer Pro Hearthstone and CS:GO Tournaments
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.       Female Empowerment Panel Discussion
11:20 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.   Surfing Quarterfinals
1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.     Surfing Semifinals

1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.           Supergirl Concert Series: Drake Bell
2:20 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.      Celebrity Surf Competition
2:45 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.     Surfing Finals
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.           Supergirl Concert Series: Elle Winter
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.           Supergirl Pro Surf Awards Ceremony
4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.           Supergirl Concert Series: Madison Beer
4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.      Supergirl Concert Series: Cody Simpson

***High Rez images of today’s competition (all photo credit Steinmetz for ASA Ent) are available here.***

Upcoming Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Round 3 Match-Ups:

Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA), Pauline Ado (FRA), Kobie Enright (AUS), Zoe McDougall (HAW)

Heat 2: Bronte Macaulay (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Ella Williams (NZL), Bailey Nagy (HAW)

Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Chelsea Tuach (BRB), Ainara Aymat (EUK), Leilani McGonagle (CRI)

Heat 4: Keely Andrew (AUS), Brisa Hennessy (HAW), Maud Le Car (FRA), Gabriela Bryan (HAW)

Heat 5: Malia Manuel (HAW), Macy Callaghan (AUS), Justine Dupont (FRA),

Heat 6: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Mahina Maeda (JPN), Ren Hashimoto (JPN)

Heat 7: Lakey Peterson (USA), Alyssa Spencer (USA), India Robinson (AUS), Isabella Nichols (AUS)

Heat 8: Coco Ho (HAW), Holly Wawn (AUS), Meah Collins (USA), Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN)

Heat 9: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Philippa Anderson (AUS), Samantha Sibley (USA), Melani Giunta (PER)

Heat 10:  Caroline Marks (USA), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Alessa Quizon (HAW), Dominic Barona (ECU)

Heat 11: Sage Erickson (USA), Paige Hareb (NZL), Summer Macedo (HAW), Rachel Presti (USA)

Heat 12: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Tia Blanco (PRI)

Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Round 1 Results:

Heat 1: Carol Henrique (PRT) 11.37, Freya Prumm (AUS) 7.64, Tanika Hoffman (ZAF) 5.16, Nicole Fulford (USA) 3.03

Heat 2: Sophia Fulton (AUS) 11.57, Brianna Cope (HAW) 9.53, Tessa Thyssen (FRA) 6.37, Emily Gussoni (ITA) 4.67

Heat 3: Emily Nishimoto (JPN) 10.77, Leila Riccobuano (HAW) 10.17, Havanna Cabrero (PRI) 5.30, Lucia Cosoleto (ARG) 4.97

Heat 4: Alysse Cooper (AUS) 15.84, Ainara Aymat (EUK) 5.50, Taina Hinckel (BRA) 5.44, Sol Aguirre (PER) 5.37

Heat 5: Justine Dupont (FRA) 12.84, Shelby Detmers (MEX) 9.94, Teal Hogg (ZAF) 6.94, Kloee Openshaw (USA) 4.77

Heat 6: Nagisa Tashiro (JPN) 8.83, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 7.47, Savanna Stone (HAW) 7.27, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 3.47

Heat 7: Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) 14.17, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 12.13, Vahine Fierro (PYF) 8.17, Brittany Penaroza (HAW) 5.83

Heat 8: Meah Collins (USA) 11.60, Daniela Rosas (PER) 11.30, Zahli Kelly (AUS) 10.06, Marissa Shaw (USA) 8.90

Heat 9: Camilla Kemp (PRT) 11.56, Lorena Fica (CHL) 10.73, Julia Camargo (BRA) 7.56, Lucia Martino (ESP) 7.30

Heat 10: Ellie Brooks (AUS) 11.10, Shino Matsuda (JPN) 10.50, Julie Nishimoto (JPN) 9.04, Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW) 9.03

Heat 11: Sara Wakita (JPN) 14.07, Alyssa Lock (AUS) 10.73, Autumn Hays (USA) 8.03, Izzi Gomez (USA) 7.80

Heat 12: Rachel Presti (USA) 11.87, Tia Blanco (PRI) 9.70, Molly Kirk (USA) 7.37, Frankie Harrer (DEU) 5.37

Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Round 2 Results:

Heat 1: Kobie Enright (AUS) 15.23, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 12.67, Carol Henrique (PRT) 10.67, Brianna Cope (HAW) 10.26

Heat 2: Ella Williams (NZL) 12.57, Zoe McDougall (HAW) 11.53, Sophia Fulton (AUS) 10.70, Freya Prumm (AUS) 10.10

Heat 3: Ainara Aymat (EUK) 13.00, Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 12.96, Emily Nishimoto (JPN) 12.77, Minori Kawai (JPN) 8.70

Heat 4: Maud Le Car (FRA) 10.46, Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 10.40, Leila Riccobuano (HAW) 10.27, Alysse Cooper (AUS) 8.27

Heat 5: Justine Dupont (FRA) 10.03, Ren Hashimoto (JPN) 9.84, Mikaela Greene (AUS) 8.97, Leticia Canales (EUK) 8.47

Heat 6: Mahina Maeda (JPN) 12.40, Sophie McCullough (AUS) 11.27, Shelby Detmers (MEX) 9.60, Nagisa Tashiro (JPN) 7.50

Heat 7: India Robinson (AUS) 13.17, Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) 12.50, Daniela Rosas (PER) 9.63, Kirra Belle-Olsson (AUS) 9.50

Heat 8: Meah Collins (USA) 13.83, Isabella Nichols (AUS) 9.56, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 6.14, Hinako Kurokawa (JPN) 1.77

Heat 9: Samantha Sibley (USA) 14.07, Dominic Barona (ECU) 10.66, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 8.47, Shino Matsuda (JPN) 7.40

Heat 10: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.34, Melanie Giunta (PER) 9.13, Ellie Brooks (USA) 7.40, Lorena Fica (CHL) 5.64

Heat 11: Summer Macedo (HAW) 13.00, Tia Blanco (PRI) 9.03, Sara Wakita (JPN) 7.43, Nicole Pallet (ZAF) 5.60

Heat 12: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 15.16, Rachel Presti (USA) 11.67, Alyssa Lock (AUS) 10.80, Josefina Ane (ARG) 9.33