COTTESLOE, Perth/WA (Sunday 17 July, 2011) - With valuable points on offer in t he ASP LQS Women’s Pro, the Semifinals were always going to be a hotly fought affair. Semi 1 saw 16-year-old Michaela Ross eliminated when she was out-manoeuvred by Georgia Young (WA) and Emma Webb (Vic). Semi 2 went right down to the final 15 seconds when Claire Norman (NSW) was eliminated by Jade Foster (WA) who finished 2nd to Nava Young who led from the start.
Taylor Jensen (USA) picked up from where he left off yesterday with an opening ride of 7.67 (out of a possible 10) to set the benchmark for the rest of the competitors to chase. Lindsay Small (WA) and former Australian Champion Justin Redman (WA) both followed up with good opening rides but couldn’t match Jensen’s well executed manoeuvres and had to settle for 2nd & 3rd respectively.
The men’s final was held in a dropping swell and wave selection proved to be extremely crucial. Some waves had good long walls and no power while other smaller waves allowed for more critical turns. At the half w ay mark Taylor Jensen had established a good lead over Rhann Goddard while Dane Pioli and Lindsay Small both needed a combination of scores to go to the lead. Jensen easily defended his early lead and it became a battle between Bahen and Pioli for 2nd and 3rd.
“This place reminds me of home it’s a lot like Santa Cruz, California,” Jensen said. “I wanted two quick waves as I knew the tide was dropping quickly. I have had a great time here, this is an insane event!”
West Australian Georgia Young broke though for he first ASP win when she scored the two highest scoring rides of the final to head off Jensen’s girlfriend, Nava Young in the Women’s final.
Titles were won and a multitude of waves were scored and surfed with the best two surfers on the day taking out the blue ribbon event titles.
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