Australian Longboard Surfing Open
Tweed Coast, Australia
25 - 29 March 2015
Big upset as World Champ is trumped by first-class French opponent
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 March, 2015 - Kingscliff, NSW - Victoria Vergara, of France has caused the upset of the Australian Longboard Surfing Open, by taking out World Champion and local girl Chelsea Williams in a great strategic competition, in the Pretty Shady LQS Women’s Pro.
Vergara was the best surfer on the day and using tactical moves, achieved consistent high scoring rides under priority, with a final score of 11. In an exciting semi-final, Williams had the highest score with a 7.83 but couldn’t back it up with a second ride. Conditions are much smaller today and very clean, with favourable winds, which is ideally suited for longboards; however smaller waves made it a tough competition between the two girls.
“I’m so happy I beat her because she is the world champion, she is the best out there, so I’m pretty happy. I was lucky with the waves and I’m ready for the next round” said Vergara.
Karina Rozunko, USA scored a total of 14.1 and easily won against Georgia Young (WA) who scored 6. It will be a truly international final on Sunday at 10:30am NSW time with Rozunko (USA) versing Vergara (FRA).
The WSL LQS Men’s Pro saw Taylor Jensen (USA) receiving the single highest score of the competition to date with a 9.6. He had the best two wave score with an outstanding total of 18.27 and was too good for tournament favourite Edouard Delpero (FRA). The European Champion, Delpero, surfed well, and had a final score of 14.1 but there was no way he could pull of the moves to get past Jensen’s 9.6.
Current World Champion, Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach, NSW) was too good for Ruben Roxburgh (Evans Head, NSW) and in a tight contest that saw both surfers see-saw with the lead, Ingleby scored 13.67 over Roxburg 11.34.
“I’m really stoked to get through that and into the finals. Hopefully tomorrow there will be a better tide and a little bit more swell tomorrow as it was pretty tough out there. I’m just stoked to be in the final” said Ingleby.
Tomorrow’s final will see what's becoming a traditional rivalry and repeat of last years’ final with Ingleby vs Jensen at 10am NSW time.
Results for WSL Men’s & Women’s LQS Saturday 28 March, 2015:
WSL Pretty Shady LQS Women’s Pro
Victoria Vergara (score 11) vs Chelsea Williams (score 10.1)
Karina Rozunko (score 14.1) vs Georgia Young (score 6)
WSL LQS Men’s Pro
Harley Ingleby (score 13.67) vs Ruben Roxburgh (score 11.34)
Taylor Jensen (score 18.27) vs Edouard Delpero (score 14.1)