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Papara Pro Surf names junior women semifinalists

Vahine Fierro, WIll Hayden-Smith, Papara, Vahine Pro Junior, Tahiti Nui Pro Junior
Vahine Fierro © Will Hayden-Smith




Papara Pro Surf Festival

Tahiti Nui Pro Junior
Vahine Pro Junior

ASP Australasia
Papara, Tahiti
4 - 11 April 2014

Semifinalists Decided at Vahine Pro Junior in Tahiti

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 April, 2014 - Papara, Tahiti - The Papara Pro Surf Festival ran through the four Quarterfinals of the Vahine Pro Junior  of the Tahiti Nui Pro Junior, while the open ASP 1-Star Qualifying Series event and Men's Tahiti Nui Pro Junior were called off for the day. 

Vahine Fierro (PYF), from Huahine Island in French Polynesia caused the upset of the day, eliminating Holly-Sue Coffey (AUS) in the Quarterfinals. It was a wave starved heat and 14-year-old Fierro adapted to the conditions quicker, using her polished backhand attack to post some good scores and eliminate her more experienced counterpart. Fierro will take on Australian Sophia Bernard when competition resumes.

"This is the first time that I've been into the Semifinals in a contest and I'm so happy!" Fierro said. "I have so many mixed emotions right now. I wasn't really nervous, then I got my good wave and I was so excited. My next heat will be hard, so I will just have to learn and do my best. I'm from Huahine and we have only reef breaks so it's very different for me surfing here, but I'm really enjoying this event."

Keely Andrew (Sunshine Coast, QLD/AUS) continued to drop excellent scores at the Vahine Pro Junior, winning her Quarterfinal clash against Shelby Detmers (USA) with an 8.85 (out of a possible 10) and backed that up with an 8.00. Andrew will take on local Tahitian Karelle Poppke in the Semifinals.

"My scores keep getting bigger each heat, hopefully I can keep improving," Andrew said. "You have to be patient, the bigger waves are going to score more points and they are really fun when you get the right ones. It's great that we are into the two person priority heats, it makes it more even. It's great preparation for the ASP Qualifying Series events that I'll be doing later in the year."

Will Hayden-Smith

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