Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea takes ASC title in Taiwan Open final
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 November, 2014 - Jinzun Harbor, Taitung-Taiwan - In solid 4-5 foot wind affected waves at the ASC Women’s Open final in the Taiwan Open of Surfing, 2-time ASC Women’s Champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea from Indonesia took back the the championship trophy from 2013 ASC Women’s Champion Rina Kitazawa with her 2nd place finish in the event, to end the 2014 ASC tour season again the champion.
In the ASC Women’s final, it was Gea up against fellow Indonesian 12-year-old Taina Izquierdo and Australians Audrey Styman and Chelsea Williams.
Styman, from the Gold Coast of Australia, quickly jumped into the lead with powerful on-form surfing in the tricky conditions and was never challenged, holding first place through the entire 25 minute final. Young Izquierdo held second spot momentarily, but then Gea found her rhythm and got a couple of medium scores to sit in second place through the remainder of the final.
Gea came into the beach the 2014 ASC Women’s Champion with her 2nd place finish, posting enough points to overtake 2013 champ Rina Kitazawa, who having lost her first heat of the competition could only sit through the next two days and remaining heats to see if Gea would progress into the final and earn a second place finish and take back the trophy.
“It was hard because I could only watch,” said Kitazawa. I really wish I could have been in that final, instead of watching from the beach. But there is next year. I took the title away from Bonne last year, and now she’s taken it from me this year. I’ll just have to train harder and do better next year. Now that it’s over, I’ll just go out and have a free surf, but first, big congratulations to Bonne!” she added.
Gea, who hails from Nias in Sumatra but currently lives in Bali, is a 5-time Indonesian Woman’s champion as well as now 3-time Asian Women’s champion, so she is no stranger to the winner’s circle.
“When I paddled out I knew I had to win or get second spot, so it was pressure for me,” said Gea after getting a photo with her team mates. “But I tried not to think about it, and just be happy that I was in the final. The wind had come up and so it was hard to judge the waves, but luckily I got a couple that I could get some scores on. But it was hard work and I didn’t know what position I was in sometimes, just keep paddling and look for another wave!” she explained.
When asked about getting another championship, she replied, “I’m so happy to get this trophy back, after losing it last year to Rina. I was a bit surprised that I could do it, because I know how good Rina is surfing, so it wasn’t until she lost in the first round that I even thought I had a chance. I’m proud that I could do it again, and I want to thank all my friends, family, my sponsor Billabong and my team that is here supporting me, it’s so great this feeling!”
ASC Women’s Division Results:
1. Audrey Styman (AUS) – 16.15 pts
2. Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea (INA) – 9.0 pts
3. Taina Izquierdo (INA) – 5.75 pts
4. Chelsea Williams (AUS) – 2.45 pts