Sarah Mason © Steve Dickinson
NZ Women's Open Trials
ASP Women's World Tour trials event
Taranaki, New Plymouth, New Zealand
26 April 2011
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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 April, 2011 : - - Rising surfing star Sarah Mason has just won the NZ Womens Open for the second year running propelling her into the ASP Subaru Pro tomorrow as a wildcard against 17 of the worlds best women surfers.
In gusty offshore conditions and a one to two metre swell at New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach, Sarah scored a 9.5 on one of her waves in the final - the highest scoring wave of the day in the TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival. "I'm super excited about getting into the main event," says 16-year old Sarah from Gisborne. "The key to winning today was just getting the best waves in the ridiculous winds."
Sarah proved she has the competitive edge to become a world-champion surfer, says Craig Williamson, executive officer for Surfing Taranaki who is the host for the TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival running from today until Sunday, May 1.
"In all her heats Sarah continually set the pace and positioned herself for the best waves of the sets," says Craig. "I'm sure Sarah will now give the other ASP competitors a serious challenge in her Subaru Pro heat scheduled for tomorrow."
The other finalists in the NZ Women's Open were Jessica Santorik from Raglan in fourth place, Airini Mason from Gisborne in 3rd, and Ella Williams from Whangamata in second place. Sarah will now compete in heat five of the ASP Subaru Pro against Carissa More (Hawaii) and Jessi Miley-Dyer (Australia) which is scheduled to take off tomorrow morning at 8am Fitzroy Beach.
In the NZ Women's Under-16 final also held today, Ella Williams won first place, with Jayda Martin Harris from Gisborne taking second place, Gaby Sansom from Auckland in third, and Nam Northcott from New Plymouth in fourth.
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