Irvine CA. – Cory Arrambide won the ASP North American Junior Series last week in a strong finish to cap off a great year. The 18-year-old from Ventura County, California held the lead for most of the season and was dominant in the competitions.

“This is an impressive achievement,” says Dino Andino, Special Projects Manager for Billabong USA. “This is one of the toughest regions in the world and it’s a very important title to hold.”

To vault into the top of the ratings requires consistent performances and, on top of that, some big wins. Cory was able to pick off two events in 08: the Billabong Junior Pro Sebastian Inlet, and the Heritage Junior Pro in New Jersey.

These wins together with his consistent results throughout the season garnered him the North American crown. The payoff is that he will be going into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships as the number 1 seed from the USA. It is not actually that surprising when you review his record. In 2006 he just missed getting a medal at the ISA World Juniors. And in 07 he was the talk of the contest among judges, coaches and media.

“Cory was the best surfer throughout the contest,” says former World Champion Martin Potter. “He has all the moves that it takes to make the World Tour.”

In his typically humble manner Cory Arrambide himself seems to take it all in stride. "I am really happy to have reached this point and be number one in the ratings,” he says “It’s a great feeling going into the World contest."