Punchy three-to-four foot waves provided the perfect canvas for surfers on Sunday for the finals of the Maxum ASP Women’s Pro Junior at North Cronulla, as Kobie Enright from Tweed Heads claimed prestigious the Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event win.
The Tweed Heads surfer earned herself $1000 for the win plus valuable ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series rankings points.
Enright started strong in the final and never looked like relinquishing the lead as she threw down a barrage of technical snaps and carves. Enright’s performance hit its climax early in the exchange when the natural-footer managed to post a 8.83 wave score (out of a possible 10) which put her fellow finalist Keely Andrew on the ropes.
‘I can’t believe it’, said Enright. ‘I couldn’t hear what the situation was when I was in the water so I was flying blind a little bit. I didn’t see what Keely’s waves were like, but I knew that she’d been the standout performer in the event and she had the potential to get massive scores.
‘This is my first Pro Junior win and my first final as well, so I’m absolutely ecstatic. I’m going down to Victoria for another event tomorrow, so I’m hoping I can carry some of this confidence into that event down there.”
The 2013 Maxum ASP Women’s Pro Junior runner-up Keely Andrew (Sunshine Coast) claimed her second runner-up position in as many years, this time falling victim to Enright’s torrent of critical forehand hits. Despite moments of brilliance, Andrew was unable to replicate the same scores that took her all the way to the final in the blue-ribbon division.
‘This is my last Pro Junior event in Australia, so I really wanted to take this out’, said Andrew. ‘I made a few big mistakes out there and Kobie is a good enough surfer to capitalise on it. I just fell on some of those bigger waves and it proved to be my downfall. Congrats to Kobie, she absolutely smashed it.’
The Maxum ASP Women’s Pro Junior had $2000 prize-money on offer and vital ASP Pro Junior Series rankings points for surfers trying to qualify for the forthcoming ASP World Junior Championships in Ericeira, Portugal from October 25 to November 2, 2014.
In addition to the ASP Australasia JQS event, the NRMA Women’s Surf Classic saw some of Australia’s best female surfers participating in a variety of different surfing disciplines including junior and open longboard, shortboard and stand-up paddleboard.
ASP Australasia Junior Qualifying Series Top 5:
1 – Keely Andrew
2 – Bronte Macaulay
3 – Sofia Bernard
4 – Holly-Sue Coffey
5 – Holly Wawn