Maxum Junior Pro and NRMA Womens Classic Results
This weekend has been massive for women’s surfing in Australia thanks to Maxum and the NRMA National Roads and Motorists Association for supporting women’s sport.
Punchy four foot waves provided the perfect blank canvas for surfers on the final day of the Maxum ASP Women’s Pro Junior and NRMA Women’s Surf Classic at North Cronulla today.
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Reigning Over-35 Australian champion Sandra English (Budgewoi, NSW) added another feather to her cap, taking a solid win in the Over-35 Women’s division. The Central Coast surfer attacked a variety of punchy lefts and rights to steal the win from Nichola Turner (Cronulla, NSW), Akemi O’Leary (Cronulla, NSW) and Fiona Hunt (Stanwell Park, NSW). After spending the majority of 2013 out of the water due to injury, English has returned to full-strength, taking out the 2014 Australian Title earlier in the year and now, the NRMA Women’s Surf Classic.
Sienna Coulter (Balgowlah, NSW) managed to muster up some last minute heroics in the NRMA Women’s Surf Classic Open Longboard division to take the victory over Lara Murphy (North Bondi, NSW) and local surfer April Charles (Cronulla, NSW).
Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, Qld) made the journey to NSW worthwhile, successfully taking out the Under-14 Girls division. The Queensland surfer posted a near perfect 9.77 wave score (out of a possible ten points) to edge ahead of her fellow finalists.
After getting knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Maxum ASP Women’s Pro Junior, Isabella Nichols (Coolum, Qld) managed to claim victory in the Open Women’s division in the NRMA Women’s Surf Classic. The Sunshine Coast surfer posted an impressive 16.46 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to get the win ahead of fellow Sunshine Coaster Laura Poncini (Moffat Beach, Qld).
1 – Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, Qld)
2 – Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW)
3 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW)
4 – Maddison Poole (Lambton, NSW)
Open Women SUP
1 – Melissa Mcmanus (Woollamia, NSW)
2 – Bernie Serone (Cronulla, NSW)
Open Women Longboard
1 – Sienna Coulter (Balgowlah, NSW)
2 – Lara Murphy (North Bondi, NSW)
3 – April Charles (Cronulla, NSW)
Over-35 Women Shortboard
1 – Sandra English (Budgewoi, NSW)
2 – Nichola Turner (Cronulla, NSW)
3 – Akemi O’Leary (Cronulla, NSW)
4 – Fiona Hunt (Stanwell Park, NSW)
Open Women Shortboard
1 – Isabella Nichols (Coolum Beach, Qld)
2 – Laura Poncini (Moffat Beach, Qld)
3 – Holly Wawn (Newport, NSW)
4 – Stephanie Single (Lennox Head, NSW)
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Kobie Enright (Tweed Heads, NSW/Aus) claimed the prestigious Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event, earning herself $1000 for the win plus valuable JQS rankings points.
Enright, managed to get out to a strong start 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 ten points) which put fellow finalist Keely Andrew on the ropes for the remaining portion of the final.
“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.”
2013 Maxum ASP Women’s Pro Junior runner-up Keely Andrew (Sunshine Coast, Qld/Aus) claimed her second runner-up position in as many years, unfortunately 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. “Congrats to Kobie, she absolutely smashed it.”
As the lone international surfer in the draw today, Ren Hashimoto (Japan) had the full support of the local Japanese surfing community as she tore her way into the semi-finals. However, in a relatively wave-starved heat, Ren was unable to muster up the required 9.51 wave score to take the semi-final win from Kobie Enright.
Holly Wawn’s (Newport, NSW/Aus) solid charge through the event came to an end in the semi-finals when she failed to topple a blistering Keely Andrew who posted a heat total of 14.00. Wawn blasted her way through the earlier rounds performing massive combinations of forehand and backhand snaps and even managed to post the highest heat score of the day (16.97), but was unable to find the same rhythm in her semi-final.
1 – Kobie Enright (Tweed Heads, NSW)
2 – Keely Andrew (Sunshine Coast, Qld)
All photos, results and highlight clips will be posted on maxumprojunior.com.
The Maxum ASP Women’s Pro Junior & NRMA Women’s Surf Classic is proudly supported by NRMA, Maxum Watches, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, HIF, Carve Eyewear, Sutherland Shire Council, Boost Mobile, Tradies, Ohana Ocean Athletics, Bravehearts, Cronulla Girls Boardriders, Coastalwatch Plus, Kommunity Project, ASP Australasia and Surfing NSW.
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