Peterson named ASP Breakthrough Performer of Year

Santa Barbara’s Lakey Peterson was among the featured award recipients at yesterday’s ASP World Surfing Awards banquet held in Surfers Paradise, Australia.

Peterson, who won the U.S. Open of Surfing last August as a rookie on the Women’s World Tour, was named Breakthrough Performer of the Year.

2012 World Champions Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore at last night's ASP Awards Banquet. (ASP Photo)

2012 World Champions Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore at last night’s ASP Awards Banquet. (ASP Photo)

“I am so stoked and honored to have won Breakthrough Performer this year,” Peterson said in an email to Presidio Sports. “Every girl on tour I feel had a break through year so I am so humbled to have got it. It was a great night and thanks to the ASP for all you guys do. 2013 is going to be a great year, and many amazing times to come!”

Peterson is in Australia right now with the rest of the world’s top surfers as the season-opening events for the ASP World Tour begin this weekend.

Joel Parkinson was recognized as the reigning ASP Men’s World Champion.

?It?s beautiful to have everyone here tonight,? Parkinson said. ?We all come together and really celebrate last season amongst our friends and family. The new year, for me, begins tomorrow. Tonight, I just feel so fortunate to be up here and to be supported by my beautiful family. I love them and am only here because of them.?

Find more information at ASPWorldTour.com.

ASP AWARDS


2012 ASP World Champion: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
2012 ASP World Runner-Up: Kelly Slater (USA)
2012 ASP Rookie of the Year: John John Florence (HAW)
2012 ASP Women?s World Champion: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2012 ASP Women?s World Runner-up: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
2012 ASP Women?s Rookie of the Year: Malia Manuel (HAW)
2012 ASP Breakthrough Performer: Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
2012 ASP Women?s Breakthrough Performer: Lakey Peterson (USA)
2012 ASP World Longboard Champion: Taylor Jensen (USA)
2012 ASP Women?s World Longboard Champion: Kelia Moniz (HAW)
2012 ASP World Junior Champion: Jack Freestone (AUS)
2012 ASP Women?s World Junior Champion: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
ASP Life Member/Chairman Emeritus: Richard Grellman
ASP Service to the Sport: Randy Rarick
Peter Whittaker Award: Adrian Buchan
2012 ASP Men?s Heat of the Year (Fan Vote): Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Kelly Slater (USA) ? Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
2012 ASP Women?s Heat of the Year (Fan Vote): Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS) ? Roxy Pro Gold Coast
2012 ASP Maneuver of the Year (Peer Vote): Kelly Slater (USA) and Carissa Moore (HAW)
2012 ASP Wave of the Year (Peer Vote): Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2012 ASP Surfers? Surfers (Peer Vote): Sage Erickson (USA) and Taylor Knox (USA)

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