Maxum Women's Pro Junior
ASP Australasia Pro Junior Qualifying Series
Cronulla, New South Wales Australia
20 - 21 September 2014
Enright ousts Andrew to take the final, earns $1000
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 September, 2014 - North Cronulla, Sydney - Punchy three-to-four foot waves provided the perfect canvas for surfers on the final day of the Maxum ASP Women's Pro Junior at North Cronulla today, as Kobie Enright (Tweed Heads, NSW/Aus) claimed prestigious the Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event win.
The Tweed Heads surfer earned herself $1000 for the win plus valuable ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series rankings points.
Enright started strong in the final and never looked like relinquishing the lead as she threw down a barrage of technical snaps and carves. Enright’s performance hit its climax early in the exchange when the natural-footer managed to post a 8.83 wave score (out of a possible 10) which put her fellow finalist Keely Andrew on the ropes.
“I can’t believe it,” said Enright. “I couldn’t hear what the situation was when I was in the water so I was flying blind a little bit. I didn’t see what Keely’s waves were like, but I knew that she’d been the standout performer in the event and she had the potential to get massive scores. This is my first Pro Junior win and my first final as well, so I’m absolutely ecstatic. I’m going down to Victoria for another event tomorrow, so I’m hoping I can carry some of this confidence into that event down there.”
2013 Maxum ASP Women’s Pro Junior runner-up Keely Andrew (Sunshine Coast, Qld/Aus) claimed her second runner-up position in as many years, this time falling victim to Enright’s torrent of critical forehand hits. Despite moments of brilliance, Andrew was unable to replicate the same scores that took her all the way to the final in the blue-ribbon division.
“This is my last Pro Junior event in Australia, so I really wanted to take this out,” said Andrew. “I made a few big mistakes out there and Kobie is a good enough surfer to capitalise on it. I just fell on some of those bigger waves and it proved to be my downfall. Congrats to Kobie, she absolutely smashed it.”
As the lone international surfer in the draw today, Ren Hashimoto (Japan) had the full support of the local Japanese surfing community as she tore her way into the Semifinals. However, in a relatively wave-starved heat, Ren was unable to muster up the required 9.51 wave score to take the win from Kobie Enright.
“I’m so happy,” said Hashimoto. “This is the best result I’ve ever had in a Pro Junior event. The waves have been pretty fun over the weekend, so I couldn’t ask for much more.”
Holly Wawn’s (Newport, NSW/Aus) solid charge through the event came to an end in the Semifinals when she failed to topple a blistering Keely Andrew who posted a heat total of 14.00. Wawn blasted her way through the earlier rounds by performing massive combinations of forehand and backhand snaps and even managed to post the highest heat score of the day (16.97), but was unable to find the same rhythm in her Semi.
“I saw a few little inside peaks and thought I may have been able to do a few turns on those, but I wasn’t able to do anything solid on my first turn,” said Wawn. “I was keeping my eyes on Keely over the course of the heat as I knew she had the potential to conjure up solid scores and that’s exactly what she did in that heat. Overall, I’m pretty stoked to finish with a Semifinal though, it still feels amazing.”
Isabella Nichols (Sunshine Coast, Qld/Aus) was knocked from the Maxum ASP Women’s Pro Junior in the Quarterfinals after engaging in an exciting heat with Holly Wawn. Despite posting a series of respectable scores, Nichols was unable to get the edge over her opponent and had to settle for an equal 5th place finish.
“The waves were really difficult and Holly (Wawn) surfed a better heat than me, so with that in mind I’d have to say I’m reasonably happy with a Quarterfinal finish,” said Nichols. “I guess I will have to assess what I did wrong and just try to improve next time. I think you definitely learn a lot more from your losses, so I will hopefully be able to grow from this.”
Sophia Bernard (Manly, NSW/Aus) was wearing a smile from ear-to-ear after claiming a 5th place finish in the event. The Northern Beaches surfer had her work cut out for her when she came up against eventual winner, Kobie Enright.
“I unfortunately couldn’t seem to find any waves out there that allowed me to get those medium-to-high range scores,” said Bernard. “Kobie (Enright) surfed amazingly well in that heat and she deserved to move into the Semis. I think I can definitely improve in difficult conditions, so I’m going to focus on doing that over the Christmas period and then put all my attention into a lot more of these events next year.”
The Maxum ASP Women's Pro Junior had $2000 prize-money on offer and vital ASP Pro Junior Series rankings points for surfers trying to qualify for the forthcoming ASP World Junior Championships in Ericeira, Portugal from October 25 - November 2, 2014.
In addition to the ASP Australasia JQS event, the NRMA Women's Surf Classic saw some of Australia's best female surfers participating in a variety of different surfing disciplines including junior and open longboard, shortboard and stand-up paddleboard.
ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series Top 5:
1 - Keely Andrew
2 - Bronte Macaulay
3 - Sofia Bernard
4 - Holly-Sue Coffey
5 - Holly Wawn