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Taylor Jensen & Erin Dark Take Out Be The Influence Avalon Cup

Taylor Jensen (San Diego) © Woolacott/ASP Australia



Be The Influence Avalon Cup

ASP 2-Star LQS
Avalon, Mandurah, Australia
17 - 18 May, 2014

Jensen & Dark crowned in Avalon's 2-Star ASP LQS

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 May, 2014 - Today's Be the Influence Avalon Cup 2-Star rated Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event saw a shift in the ASP Australasian Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) Rankings, with Erin Dark (Gerringong, NSW/AUS) winning her first LQS event over local favourite Georgia Young (Swanbourne, WA/AUS) and moving up into the No. 1 position.

Nic Jones (Maroochydore, QLD/AUS) also moved to the top of the Australasia Rankings after his performance, making it through to the Final but unable to match the standard of surfing from Taylor Jensen (San Diego, CA/USA) who again posted the highest scores of the day with a 9.25 and an 8.50 in the Final to take the win with a combined total of 17.75 (out of a possible 20).

"I felt good out there, it's tricky but you've just got to look for something that's going to have a long wall to it and I was lucky enough to get a couple," Jensen said. "It's good practice for me, I don't go left all that often as I live on two right point breaks so going left is a rare occasion, it's good to get some training in, put a jersey on and get busy."

"Confidence wise after this event and Kingscliff I'm feeling pretty good and feel like I'm on my game again so I'll see what happens from here. I go to Japan in about a week and a half for an LQS, so I'll see if I can keep the roll going and take it over there and just get ready for the World Longboard Championship (WLC) in China after that."

Wanting to secure a solid result in Avalon after being unhappy with her performance at the first LQS event in Kingscliff this year, Erin Dark was elated to get her first LQS win and enough points to move her into first position on the LQS Rankings.

"I'm so excited, I couldn't believe I actually made the final!" Dark said. "Just to get through to the Semifinals was great, so making the Final then actually winning it, I'm just super stoked and very excited. I'll definitely be coming back to WA for the Whalebone in July and hopefully keep my result up and get some good waves."

Dark posted some solid scores against current Australian Women's Champion, Georgia Young, in a close Final with both women eager to come out the winner. While putting up a strong counter-attack, Young was unable to take the victory on home-soil, finishing with a combined total of 10.25 against Dark's 13.60 and moving into second place on the LQS Rankings.


Erin Dark © Surfing WA/Woolacott


"It was pretty challenging conditions by the end of it and I was exhausted after three heats in a row," Young said. "I feel like I surfed really well and Erin (Dark) just surfed even better. It was a really good final between the two of us, just going wave for wave. "

"I'm stoked to get some more points behind me and I guess I'm just looking towards the Whalebone now, it's such a great event and there's some points on the line again so hopefully I can back it up with another good result and build a bit of confidence leading into China in November."

Nic Jones (Maroochydore, QLD/AUS) performed consistently well throughout the entire event, hungry to regain momentum after finishing thirteenth on the LQS last year. Jones impressed the judges in his Semifinal against current Australian Open Champion Jared Neal (Coffs Harbour, NSW/AUS), before falling short in the Final against Taylor Jensen but securing first position on the LQS rankings.

"I'm feeling pretty good about moving up in the rankings," Jones said. "We've still got one event at Cottesloe left for the year and I've got to keep a good result in that to maintain my spot, but I'm pretty stoked. Over the weekend I felt really good, it was pretty tricky conditions out there today and I had a pretty shocking Final, but Taylor (Jensen) surfs really well and he definitely deserved to win. It's brilliant having another event on the LQS, the more the merrier, it's great having all these events and upping the star rating, it's making it fun."

Taylor Jensen (San Diego, CA/USA) 17.75 def. Nic Jones (Maroochydore, QLD/AUS) 13.35

Erin Dark (Gerringong, NSW/AUS) 13.60 def. Georgia Young (Swanbourne, WA/AUS) 10.25

SF1: Taylor Jensen (San Diego, CA/USA) 17.60 def. Justin Redman (Dunsborough, WA/AUS) 16.70
SF2: Nic Jones (Maroochydore, QLD/AUS) 16.75  def. Jared Neal (Coffs Harbour, NSW/AUS) 13.95

SF1:  Erin Dark (Gerringong, NSW/AUS) 13.00 def. Michaela Ross (Denmark, WA/AUS) 9.25
SF2:  Georgia Young (Swanbourne, WA/AUS) 12.50 def. Emma Webb (Jan Juc, VIC/AUS) 10.00

Will Hayden-Smith

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