ASP North American champ Taylor Jensen claims it in Oz
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 March, 2009 : - - Huntington Beach -- Current Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North American Longboard Champion and current ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT) competitor Taylor Jensen (Oceanside, CA), 25, claimed top honors at the Noosa Pro, a prestigious longboard festival, when he won the ASP LQS 1-Star Golden Breed pro in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) conditions this weekend.
The ASP LQS acts as a qualifier for the ASP WLT. Surfers qualify for the ASP WLT by finishing atop the ratings in their respective region and despite Jensens impressive win, his ratings points earned from the event will not transfer to his regional rating.
After competing in the event for five consecutive years, Jensen posted an impressive performance at the Noosa Pro, taking out a win over professional longboarding veteran and event local Josh Constable (Noosa Heads, AUS) in the Final by posting a near perfect heat total of 18.70 out of 20.
The waves out there today were unbelievable, just about as good as it possibly gets for surfing longboards and I pretty much knew before the Final started that the winner would need to score a pair of 9-point plus rides," Jensen said. "With waves like these that peel so perfect the scope to score big is just endless and it worked out perfectly for me today.
After losing to Constable in a critical heat during an ASP WLT event in 2006, Jensen claimed his revenge on the Australian longboarder at this years Golden Breed pro. Ive had plenty of great battles with Constable over the years and he beat me in the Semifinals of the 2006 ASP World Titles which he went on and won so I feel I have just got one back on him today, Jensen said.
Christian Wach (San Clemente, CA), 19, accompanied Jensen as a fellow American finalist in the Australian event. The young longboarding talent finished with an impressive third place result overall and established himself as an up-and-coming talent amongst the top surfers in the event. Wach advanced through the Quarterfinals and Semifinals alongside Jensen to earn his result.
Other American standouts amongst the international field were Darren Eudaly (Laguna Beach, CA), who finished fifth, Troy Mothershead (San Diego, CA), 19, who finished ninth and Tony Silvagni (Kure Beach, NC), 22, who finished 13th overall.
In the womens ASP LQS division, ASP North America Longboard Champion Cori Schumacher (Cardiff, CA), 31, and Lindsay Steinriede (Dana Point, CA), 23, were the top American performers with equal fifth place finishes.
In other ASP News, the Vans Pier Classic will host the first West Coast ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) event of the 2009 season. Accompanying the event will be the ASP Grade-2 Ezekiel Pro Junior, both presented by Jacks Surfboards. The contest will run from March 25-29, 2009.
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