Noosa Festival of Surfing
Golden Breed ASP 1 Star Mens Pro
Revo Eyewear ASP 1 Star Womens Pro
Noosa Heads Australia
12 - 20 March 2011
Jen Smith and Josh Constable shine at Noosa Fest
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 March, 2011 : - - Noosa -- The ocean may not have delivered for the opening day of competition at the ASP 1 Star Pro Mens and Womens events but the worlds finest longboarders certainly did, their performances a testament to the skill level present at this years Noosa Festival of Surfing.
A drop in swell to well below half-a-meter at the events primary location First Point, saw organizers relocate half a kilometer down the beach to Access 12, where semifinalists were decided in the ASP 1 Star Revo Eyewear Womens Pro as well as Quarterfinalists in the ASP 1 Star Golden Breed Mens Pro.
Former ASP World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (USA) stamped her authority on one of the toughest heats of the Womens quarterfinals, overcoming heat leader Nava Young (AUS) in the dying minutes to charge into tomorrows Semifinals.
Im pretty fired up right now, said Smith. We were all scratching for second place at the end there but my strategy was just to sit on the lefts, get a good noseride and a maneuver off the tail and I guess I got a good one at the end there.
Smith advanced in first place with 5.25 and a 6.25 (both out of ten) scores while Young was knocked down into second, the pair advancing ahead of Leah Dawson (AUS) in third and Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN) in fourth.
Multiple Australian Longboard champion and former Noosa Pro Champion Chelsea Williams (Tweed Heads, NSW) laid down the gauntlet in her quarterfinal heat, pushing out bold, punchy maneuvers to earn her victory over defending event champion Crystal Dzigas (HAW), the pair advancing ahead of Kristal Gersbach (AUS) and Georgia Young (AUS).
Josh Constable © ASP / Kirstin
I just tried to go for anything out there because all the waves were closing out. If you could get one maneuver in, that was good enough, Williams said. This is probably one of the biggest longboarding events in Australia and its one I want to win.
The supremely stylish Isabelle Braly (Bryon Bay, NSW) booked herself a spot into the semifinals, her refined nose-riding and excellent wave-selection earning her the victory over Jade Foster (QLD), former Australian champion Rosie Locke (AUS) and Melissa Combo (AUS).
I rode my old board that I always ride, its kinda traditional and really held up in these conditions while everyone else was on performance boards, Braly said. I just got lucky, it all comes down to luck when its like this.
Also advancing through into the semifinals was local surfer Kelly Winter who won her quarterfinal heat over fellow advancing surfer Bianca Anstiss (Aus), the pair eliminating Emma Webb (Aus) and Rachel Pinsak (Aus) from the event.
In the Golden Breed Mens Pro it was none other than local favourite five times Australian longboard champion and 2006 ASP World Longboard Champion Josh Constable (Noosa) who showed a return to form, obliterating his round of 32 heat with two excellent rides to secure his spot into the quarterfinals.
Constables combination of off the tops as well as his textbook nose-riding, saw him earn 8.00 and 8.75 scores to advance along with Bowie Pollard (AUS).
Defending event champion Taylor Jensen (USA) was another of the days standouts, putting an enormous gap between himself and second place for his powerful mix of maneuvers that saw him post 8.15 and 8.00 scores, to advance in first ahead of Luke Flanders (AUS).
2009 ASP World Longboard Champion Harley Ingleby (Coffs Harbour, NSW) joined the days standouts for his combination of off-the-bottom, off-the-top surfing earning a 15.65 heat total ahead of second place surfer Troy Motehrshead (AUS).
Also advancing into the quarterfinals were Matt Aldridge (AUS), Thomas Kibblewhite (NZL), Dane Pioli (AUS) and Jesse Jerrems (Aus). The Semifinals of the Pro Mens and Womens divisions will be completed tomorrow.
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