Australian Longboard Surfing Open
ASP Longboard Qualifying Series Men's event
ASP Longboard Qualifying Series Women's event
Kingscliff New South Wales Australia
26 - 30 March 2014
Jen Smith and Taylor Jensen Claim Top Honours
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 March, 2014 - Kingscliff - The final day of the 2014 Australian Longboard Surfing Open saw the sport's top rated surfers do battle in the Association of Surfing Professionals Longboard Qualifying Series divisions with Taylor Jensen winning the Legendary Pacific Coast Men's Pro and Jen Smith taking out the Pretty Shady Women's Pro.
Jen Smith, 2007 & 2009 ASP Women's World Longboard Champion was dominant in the final against Rosie Locke (Sunshine Coast, Australia). Smith clocked 17.83 out of a possible 20 while Locke struggled to find the better waves in the final.
“This is the first ASP event I’ve done this year so to win it is really good, it’s a good set up for the rest of the year," said Smith. "It's a confidence booster - it makes me feel good about riding my single fin as I’ve never surfed an ASP event on a single fin before. To bring it out here and win this event is promising. The surf today was really fun, the tide was low and it was pretty ideal for longboarding."
The Legendary Pacific Coast LQS Open Pro final was fiercely contested between two former ASP World Longboard Champions Taylor Jensen (2011 & 2012) and Harley Ingleby (Coffs Harbour, NSW/AUS) (2009). The American surfer Jensen came out on top even though he only pulled three waves during the 30 minute final for a combined two wave total of 16.10 (out of a possible 20). Current title holder Ingleby, pushed hard all the way through the final and only just failed to secure the win with his last wave falling 2.4 short of what he needed, giving him a total of 13.74.
"It’s my first serious event this year so it has got the ball rolling," said Jensen. "I feel good and I’m in command. There’s some big events later in the year so I’ll just stay focused. I love the surf here, the water and the people are super nice and it’s just fun."
In Other Divisions:
Super Sunday saw 16 finals across the jam-packed surfing program featuring both ASP and amateur events. Director, Sean McKeown said “After a slow start we finished on fire with red hot surfing. The Californian’s came out on top in both the Legendary Pacific Coast LQS Open Pro and the Pretty Shady LQS Women’s Pro in an excellent 3-4ft surf. Absolutely stoked with how the event finished up.”
The stand-out in the amateur program was former Australian Junior Champion Clinton Guest who surfed in the Pacific Finance 8ft, Villa World Logger and the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club Retro. Guest won the Pacific Finance 8ft and put up tough competition in the other categories. Judges commented that Guest has just been getting better over the last two years and that he showed a good all around ability to surf across different disciplines of surfing with the energy to back it up.
Last year’s Old Mal Australian Junior Champion Joel Skinner, took out the Villa World Under 18 Boys category. “Joel was a standout and surfing nearly a level above his competitors” said judges which they attribute to him competing in many competitions and his surfing on a whole.
Scales Seafood 9ft Open
Joel Tilley – 11.9 points
Summerland Credit Union Over 40s
Jason Weeks – 13 points
Pacific Longboarder Magazine Over 50s
Ray Gleave - 14.16 points
Ken Bernard – 11.33 points
Pretty Shady LQS Women’s Pro
Jen Smith – 17.83 points
Legendary Pacific Coast ASP Men’s Pro
Taylor Jensen – 16.10 points
ARIA Events U18 Girls
Lily Ellis – 12.63 point
Villa World Under 18 Boys
Joel Skinner – 15.83 points
Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club Retro
Matt Aldridge – 11.66 points
Baja Cantina 9ft Women
Lara Murphy – 12.83 points
Villa World Logger
Ricky Cunningham – 15.44 points
Pacific Finance 8ft
Clinton Guest – 12.53 points
SUP Amateur Surfing
Ray Gleave – 11.50 points
SUP Amateur Women Surfing
Shakira Westdorp – 14.20 points
SUP Pro Surfing
Jackson Close – 14.10 points
Harley Ingleby – 16.34