Siena Hanna Wins Volcom 500 Australian Championships
The Volcom National Championships were held at the Wedge at Whale Beach on the weekend with average waves between 1 and 3 foot starting the day with offshore winds until it swung around to a nasty North East onshore by mid morning. The event was an invitational with some of Australia’s best juniors attending to battle it out for the championship after they qualified from their individual state events earlier in the year.
Paris Whittaker was the standout surfer in the first round scoring a top wave score of 9.8, it was the highest individual wave for the entire women’s division. Local girl Bodhi Leigh-Jones came a close 2nd to Paris but couldn’t find a high scoring wave to match Paris. Cedar Leigh-Jones took on the under 20 year olds at just 10 year old and came first in her first round heat beating the eventual winner Siena Hanna.
Ren Hashimoto and Jaleesa Vincent were standouts of the quarter final, punching through some small by effective waves. Jaleesa’s style was smooth with big power turns while Ren was surfing fast and sharp.
The conditions deteriorated for the 2 girl final was between Jaleesa and Siena. Jelessa lead the final up until the last five minutes when Sienna caught her a high scoring wave, Jeleesa tried to find another high scorer to giver her a solid lead but in the final minutes Sienna found a tight left hander to take the win.
Siena said after her close win “I was really frustrated not getting a wave until the last part of the final. Thankfully Huey brought me the set wave I was looking for the whole time. With only 5 minutes to go I managed to get 3 big turns on one wave and then on my paddle out I saw another set wave to back up with 2 big turns. After the buzzer we didn’t know who had taken the win… it was 0.17 points between 1st and 2nd in the end.”
(All photos courtesy of Matt Jones)